In A Week is our look back at Hozier highlights and happenings from the previous week.
Hozier spent some time in Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios this week.
— Abbey Road Studios (@AbbeyRoad) May 12, 2016
Studio Two at Abbey Road is where The Beatles recorded with George Martin, as well as Pink Floyd, Shirley Bassey, Oasis, Adele, Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, and a very long list of artists. It is a significantly important recording studio that has been called “the birthplace of modern music.”
Recently Google & Abbey Road produced an award-winning interactive project to explore the inside of the famous studios. In Studio Two check out the special effects cupboard, echo chamber, heavy curtains, movable walls, worn floors, incredible pianos, analog recording equipment and more.
Alright, it’s not really a new section but we had to include this in our wrap up somewhere.
This line from the song Run had Catherine Johns asking Hozier what he meant.
Like how she twisted the bog man
After she married him
@Hozier wth is a bog man and what happens when you twist it?!?!
— Catherine Johns (@CatJammin247) May 11, 2016
How nice that Hozier responded:
— Hozier (@Hozier) May 11, 2016
The lyric’s inspiration comes from a Seamus Heaney poem called The Grauballe Man.
Take Me To Church was certified 6x Platinum in Italy this past week (over 300,000 in digital/physical sales).
— FIMI (@FIMI_IT) May 9, 2016
Broken Hallelujahs is a fascinating piece that analyses Hozier’s Take Me To Church and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in relation to Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and King Solomon’s Song of Songs.
And while we’re in that line of thought….
RTÉ Replayed Hozier’s interview with Gay Byrne for The Meaning of Life on May 8. The 25-minute interview originally aired on September 27, 2015. It is available on the RTÉ player until June 7. (Viewers outside of the UK and Ireland can watch it on the RTÉ international player by paid subscription.)
Here are two highlights from the interview:
Like millions around the world, Hozier watched the Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest. Representing Ireland this year was Nicky Byrne who, in addition to singing, is also a broadcaster with RTÉ and introduced Hozier at last year’s Xmas Ball.
— Hozier (@Hozier) May 12, 2016
Hozier’s Tweet about Polish contender Michał Szpak became a Eurovision moment.
— Eurovision (@Eurovision) May 12, 2016
(Later in the Finals, Poland ended up with the 3rd highest number of public votes equal to 222 points, moving them briefly from last place to 6th place.)
Rachael Lampa spent time with Hozier touring alumna Ruby Amanfu and friend Hollyn in Nashville.
So many of Hozier’s Friends will be performing at festivals in Ireland and the UK this summer that we’re working on a Festival Friends post to keep you updated on those appearances. Be sure to catch them live this summer if you’re able!
Little Green Cars
Fresh from their North American Tour, Little Green Cars played The Seapoint Ballroom in Galway, The Big Top in Limerick and a sold out Cork Opera House. They also had appearances on Apple Beats 1, iRadio in Limerick, and interviews with Lightning 100 in Nashville and Confront Magazine.
Wyvern Lingo was back recording at Lamplight Studios and Karen warmed up in Portuguese. This coming week they’ll be playing 3 different gigs at The Great Escape in Brighton on the 19th and 20th and at The Islington in London on the 21st.
— Wyvern Lingo (@WyvernLingo) May 12, 2016
Saint Sister made an appearance on Across the Line with BBC1 Northern Ireland with Phil Taggart (tune in at 2:20) and collaborated with labelmate Paddy Hanna on a new recording. Morgan and Gemma released their summer tour schedule this week, with more to come. Watch for their new video for Madrid to be released next week. It stars Orla MacIntyre and is directed by Bob Gallagher.
— Saint Sister (@Saint_Sister_) May 10, 2016
Stoneface Films produced a video for Tim Chadwick that was released this week to great reviews. Their podcast schedule has changed with recording happening every Monday and episodes released on Wednesdays and Fridays. Watch their Twitter for more details.
Hot Press and The Thin Air both featured BARQ in their issues this week. They’ve been working hard promoting their single Gentle Kind of Lies and are set to play Whelan’s on May 29th to launch their second single, That Thing You Love. Watch for them in our Festival Friends post coming later this week.
— BARQ (@BARQ_music) May 12, 2016
Jarlath’s album Hearts Broken, Heads Turned received a long list nomination for Scottish Album of the Year (he resides in Glasgow). Voting for the short list begins June 13th. The SAY awards will start streaming the nominees’ albums, one per weekday for 24 hours with a recap of the 5 over the weekend, beginning May 16th. More information here.
— The SAY Award (@SAYaward) May 12, 2016
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