He “Will Come Back” this summer

Hozier’s April 19 show in Tempe is not the last chance to catch the Irish superstar this year

Samantha Hernandez, Reporter

Pink Floyd’s “Time” ended. The lights dimmed. The audience began to cheer.

Out came Andrew Hozier-Byrne and his band. Better known as Hozier, the Irish musician is the young man everyone in the room came to see. He began his April 19 tilt at the Marquee in Tempe with the energetic “Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene,” a song he’s said is inspired by the Irish author James Joyce. His clear and powerful voice jolted the audience, which began to clap and sing.

Hozier  sold out the show not long after the tickets went on sale, just as quickly as he has been selling out around the country. His website shows just how busy he’s going to be this year, with tour dates scheduled each month until early November.

The opening band, Low Roar, was a good way to start the night. The electronic band was a contrast to Hozier’s blues and gospel leanings.

Take Me to Church” was Hozier’s break out song and it received a Grammy nomination. The tune is one filled with religious references, especially in regards to Catholicism. It reclaims an important piece of our humanity that by some is considered a sin. The video also makes a statement by focusing on a same-sex relationship in Russia, and what the two men face.

When he played the song at the concert, it was clear why it had become so popular. He sang the song filled with an emotion that not many 24-year-olds are able to express. The audience sang along and it was a beautiful collection of voices.

He performed all of the songs from his self-titled debut album, along with “Arsonist’s Lullabye,” “Run” and a cover of Amerie’s “1 Thing.”

Hozier will be back Sept. 24, for the Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park. Tickets can be purchased here.