01 Feb 2016

Subba Cultcha Live Review: An Upward Trajectory 

1st February, 2016.

“Listen to his album a few times […] and you soon appreciate that the 25 year-old from County Wicklow is a truly consummate songwriter and lyricist whose music exudes a depth and soul that belie his modest years. The success of “Take Me To Church” has propelled Andrew Hozier-Byrne from a Dublin unknown to a global megastar. Following a string of festival appearances and an oversubscribed world tour in 2015, he is back for a series of sold-out European dates commencing with a three-night residency at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. […]

Opening with the graceful ballad “Like Real People Do”, Hozier established an immediate intimacy with his vocal and guitar, something not that easy in a warehouse like the Brixton Academy. It was not long though before the full band up-tempo numbers started ringing out: “Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene” (a strangely jolly tune for such a dark lyric) and “Jackie And Wilson” put smiles on faces and had the audience swinging their hips. […]

Before leaving, Hozier introduced the band and thanked practically every member of the production team, from lighting and sound engineers, to guitar technicians and caterers. This modest, understated approach is a mark of the man and you wonder even after such a meteoric rise, whether he truly appreciates just how good he is. If he continues this upward trajectory, you feel it’s only a matter of time before he catches up with the rest of us.” [Read more]

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