In A Week is our look back at Hozier highlights and happenings from the previous week.
As you may know, the biggest news this past week was Hozier’s tour coming to an end. After 2 years on the road, the hardest working artist of 2015 will be taking some time off to rest and work on new material for the next album. (See the Gigs section below for a link to the highlights.)
And that's a wrap. Over 200 shows and even more memories. Much love to you all. pic.twitter.com/bc2pBzPBjO
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 3, 2016
Now that the tour is over, we’ve announced what’s next for Hozier’s Guitars.
— Hozier's Guitars (@HoziersGuitars) March 4, 2016
We absolutely loved this review of Work Song in The Guardian, suggesting that love is the catalyst for the zombie apocalypse.
What starts off as a passable songtune about being in love, warbled by voice-on-every-radio-station-all-the-time Hozier, ends up being a vow to unleash the zombie apocalypse. “When my time comes around/ Lay me gently in the cold dark earth/ No grave, can hold my body down/ I’ll crawl home to her,” Hozier threatens, either describing all of our worst hangovers or the impending takeover of the undead, caused not by a virus, but by love. Love’s ruined now. Love is something to fear. Ban love, ban it all.
Though he’s been in the Shazam Top Ten for some time, news of Hozier’s ascent to their Hall of Fame was reported in several Irish outlets last week including Hot Press and Joe.ie. Take Me To Church has been searched on the site more than 15 million times.
Hozier will be on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show this coming Friday, 11 March, 2016.
Saturday, 12 March sees Hozier at Trinity College Dublin Student Union’s Activist Festival. He will be awarded the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by TCD’s 332 year old Philosophical Society, The Phil.
— Lynn Ruane (@LynnToWin) March 6, 2016
Hozier played guest DJ on BBC Radio 1 with a one-hour show dedicated to his tour bus playlist favourites. You can listen online until 2 April, download the playlist on the BBC iPlayer Radio App, or on Spotify (below).
— Hozier (@Hozier) March 4, 2016
Another little video from the Associated Press was released from their interview with Hozier in London this past January.
While in Istanbul, Hozier took some time out to do a PSA for the National Geographic Channel/Unicef Turkey campaign for girls’ education and gender equality. He also did a fine job with his Turkish.
— Nat Geo Turkiye (@natgeotvturkiye) March 4, 2016
Hozier finished his tour in Istanbul last week, ending 2 years on the road.
Hozier and the gang had some time off in Istanbul before the last show. They took that opportunity to visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque a.k.a. The Blue Mosque and have a wander.
End of the Tour
In this interview from Stockholm, Hozier talked about the tour ending shortly and his feelings (translated).
I feel a mixture of joy, sadness and panic. I do not know how to live off the bus anymore.
After the last show was complete, messages from fans, friends and colleagues came pouring in:
final@hozier show in Istanbul.After 2 years the red & black plaid shirt & denim jacket will retire for now! pic.twitter.com/v1VWcWphj2
— Caroline Downey (@CarolineAtMCD) March 4, 2016
— Wyvern Lingo (@WyvernLingo) March 4, 2016
It's been 15 minutes and I already miss @RachaelLampa. I wasn't even on tour with them!! 😰
— Dara Munnis (@daramunnis) March 4, 2016
— BW (@betneywhitsy) March 4, 2016
— Universal Music Irl (@UniMusicIreland) March 3, 2016
With the last gig behind them, it was time to pack up, say goodbye and head home.
Several of Hozier’s friends participated in a new exhibition from photographer Ruth Medjber and Louise Bruton called Women of Notes/Mná na Notaí. The series coincides with International Women’s Day and highlights women musicians in Dublin. See the Irish Times piece with Wyvern Lingo, Loah, Saint Sister and more.
— Ruth Medjber (@ruthlessimagery) March 5, 2016
Wyvern Lingo’s EP Letter to Willow was released last week.
— Wyvern Lingo (@WyvernLingo) March 4, 2016
In this interview with Notion, we find out the cartoon origin of the song Beast At Your Door. And, they made their first late night chat show appearance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show.
Saint Sister performed at the US Ambassador’s residence in Dublin this past week in preparation for their upcoming trip to SXSW.
— U.S. Embassy Dublin (@USEmbassyDublin) March 2, 2016
Little Green Cars
Last week, Little Green Cars launched their beautifully bereft video for Easier Day. The Irish Times also ran a lovely piece on them and their upcoming North American tour.
We are very proud to unveil the music video for our new single ‘Easier Day’…https://t.co/E3aiAJ0sEf
— Little Green Cars (@Littlegreencars) March 3, 2016
Zaska & BARQ
Hozier pal Zaska played a gig at The Harbour Bar in Bray with BARQ supporting.
— ZASKA (@zaskamusic) March 5, 2016
— Daniel O'Callaghan (@DanOCallaghan8) March 6, 2016
This doesn’t fit neatly into any of the categories above, but we loved this 3 page comic done for In The Woods Somewhere.
it's done!! 3-page comic based on Hozier's 'In the Woods Somewhere', very fun, I wanna do more song comics someday pic.twitter.com/Tpt1XOqRVE
— Danasaurus Rex (@Aceraxe77) March 6, 2016
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Featured photo: Associated Press