Scenes From Friday Night's Hozier Show at House Of Blues.
We've all heard Hozier's breakout hit “Take Me to Church” about a billion times by now.
Still, when listening to the song live, what with its themes of being oppressed by the church and the suppression of minority rights, it takes on a new life. It's an astonishing listen amongst a crowd, with teenagers gawking at their idol of hope and adults loving the twisted and more complex meanings. And, to be sure, these two groups were united in awe throughout Hozier's set on Friday night at the House of Blues in Dallas.
Especially so, this audience appreciated Hozier's efforts to produce other songs that bring light to greater social issues. He has no time for over-sung ballads about what exactly occurs in a club on a Tuesday. No, this guy's aim is quite higher.
Earlier in the night, English singer George Ezra took to the stage and showed just why these two were put on a bill together. Ezra's upbeat tunes categorized his travels and places he would like to go, readying the crowd for the deeper reflections yet to come. Both acts share an appreciation of the echoing choir effect in their guitar-heavy and vocal-dominant songs, for sure. But, more than that, these were beautifully passionate performances. They took us to church, indeed.
It was a night filled with tunes that made your mind think and your heart soar. Sure, “Take Me To Church” fired up the crowd more than any other song, but there seemed to be a general consensus that no one arrived to simply belt out that chart -topper alone. From the front row to the rear bar, attendees seemed to know the lines of these performers' deeper cuts with just as much familiarity.
It was refreshing. And, more than anything, it was satisfactory.