Originally published on October 19, 2014 at georgetownradio.com
Once again, Saturday Night Live was ahead of the curve. As I sat in my common room last weekend, Bill Hader’s voice announced the week’s musical guest, Hozier.
“Who?” asked a confused boy on my floor.
I sat up a little straighter. In my weekly perusing, a little tune entitled “From Eden” had been playing in my head for the past few days, and the artist was, you guessed it, Hozier. With a happy-go-lucky backdrop of guitars, it’s easy to miss the nostalgia in the lyrics, even the perverseness.
Innocence died screaming,
Honey, ask me, I should know
I slithered here from Eden
Just to sit outside your door
Hozier performed “Take Me to Church,” the headliner on his recently dropped, self-titled album. The lyrics don’t disappoint here either.
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
In sharp contrast to “From Eden,” “Take Me to Church” is unapologetically gritty and dark. When the last chord faded into silence, the applause from the live audience at 30 Rock was delayed, but wildly enthusiastic. As if the crowd has been lulled into a trance, only to suddenly wake up in rabid admiration of his ability to hold them on the edge of their seats. Look out world, indie rock has another star on the rise.