Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Want to Reflect What's Happening in the World' ; Hozier's Had a Stellar Year Thanks to a Breakthrough Single with a Few Strong Words to Say about Religion

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Want to Reflect What's Happening in the World' ; Hozier's Had a Stellar Year Thanks to a Breakthrough Single with a Few Strong Words to Say about Religion

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'ITHINK I've got a Samson thing going on," jokes Irish songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne, referring to to the long, unkempt locks which have acquired him pin-up status among factions of his fan-base.

He adds: "If someone comes at my hair with a pair of scissors it's all over, my powers would fade."

Referencing biblical heroes is just one of the many comic devices that Andrew Hozier-Byrne - shortened down to his stage name Hozier - has been using to play down his whip-speed ascent to superstardom.

You can't really blame the man: after all, a good streak of self- deprecating humour has no doubt been invaluable in a year which has seen him graduate from playing small pub gigs in Ireland to sold- out international tours and appearances on American TV shows David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Hozier's breakthrough moment can, of course, be traced back to last October and the release of his debut single Take Me To Church.

A gospel-infused folk song of immense sonic grandeur and striking lyrical acuity, it was accompanied by a video featuring a young gay couple being pursued by a hate mob - referencing the persecution of the LGBT community in Russia.

That video went viral, championed by Stephen Fry on Twitter, and ever since Hozier's rise has been inexorable.

With his self-titled debut album (released back in September) going Top 5 here and in the US, the 24-year-old is resigned to sacrificing all his holiday plans next year.

"My management have basically got all of 2015 planned for me," he says.

"Every single day is laid out: gigs, promotion, travelling. Since the album release, everything has been mental.

"Christmas Day is probably the one day I'll have off, I'll have an 'out of office' sign stuck on my door that day."

Humble chap that he is, though, you'll never hear Hozier complaining. …

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