‘Babe There is something lonesome about you, something so wholesome about you, get closer to me.’
Those lyrics seem to define the very essence of whom Hozier is and what your heart can not deny he was simply born to do.
Feeling a little overwhelmed and star struck yesterday entering the stage door of The Orpheum and walking down the hall to his interview. First thing that caught our eye was the colourful signs that pointed out the proper dressing room destinations for all involved. Uncertain of what lay ahead and apprehensive as to whether we could connect with this artist in the short time slot allotted we were armed and ready to chisel away at the task at hand.
We quickly set up while he was finishing an interview with CBC and as if all at once he was standing in the doorway extending a hand and a smile as a refreshing gift that broke down every barrier we may have anticipated.
Genuine in his interactions and respectful of all those that work with him he is a thoughtful young man that makes you want to see him succeed to great heights yet never lose what makes him who he is.
So sweet upon exit to see some fans lined up to meet him and we knew their tender young hearts would be won over by his presence.
Day turned to night as the streets of Granville came to life while scalpers hustled tickets to this sold out show and the pre show line up was filled with good energy and expectancy. We got to visit with a Jack Russell rocking a custom made Metallica coat and interacting with his owner heavy metal style and endearing us to the life that breathes good vibrations making our city so unique. One girl went by brushing her hand along the side of his bus singing ‘Take Me To Church’ while another said it is her favourite Hozier song and in truth it made you feel that they were in for something bigger than they could imagine, because he is larger than any hit song on any playlist. He is full of colour so rich and vibrant that is hard to hold it all in one picture.
Thinking ahead and not getting lost in the moment he mentioned earlier in the day ‘the true test is not what is happening now but will people want to listen to a second album all the way through.’ We say ‘have no fear, stay true to who you are, and your gift will only keep growing stronger.’
Hozier delivered a show that grabbed you from the first note of Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene’ and just held you there until he bid farewell 80 minutes later. His ensemble was comfortable in his washed out jean jacket and his hunter green flannel with black boots that are on an incredible journey around the world. But it isn’t these things that matter it is the smile that will never grow old and the life in his eyes full of stories yet to be told. He stands tall at the pulpit while his music and undemanding presence command you to sit up and partake with the choir in all the splendour and love of his congregation.
Andrew Hozier-Byrne makes it all appear effortless delivering his own kind of cool with a trustworthy show free of dirty words and washing you clean with his rhythm and lyrics that will not fail you. His ticket is worth it’s weight in gold and we look forward to all the good memories in music and want to say thank you Hozier for making us believers in singing from the heart.