It was only June when we received an email from an old friend of our’s, asking if we’d give his label’s latest signing a spin and see what we thought. What we thought was that Hozier had released a seriously impressive debut and were delighted to premiere it on State. Six months later and ‘Take Me To Church’ has become one of the most omnipresent Irish tracks of the year (helped no end by Brendan Canty’s amazing video, another State exclusive), catapulting the Bray based singer into the public glare. The pressure is on for him to follow it up in 2014 but we sense he’ll manage it with ease.
Hozier photographed for State by Rich Gilligan.