Take me to church (and play this song)

Irania Quintero, Staff Writer

Irish indie-rock artist, Andrew Hozier-Byrne, released his breakthrough single, “Take Me to Church,” on Jul. 3, 2013. The song was first released in an EP titled Take Me to Church and eventually went viral on YouTube. Although the song has been around for a while, a surging population of teenagers have recently discovered Hozier’s debut single and have been obsessively spreading the word all over their social medias. The hit single climbed to the top of charts on radio stations all over the world. The song begins with a suspense-building piano beat and Hozier introducing his subject: a girl. To add to the suspense, drums and a bass guitar work their way into the song with quick and loud thuds as Hozier carries on singing about his lost lover. Hozier sings, “Take me to church/ I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies/ I’ll tell you my sins …,” suggesting that he wants his lover to take him back and that he will fall to her feet like a sinner at church. The solemn, effective beat of the song helps the lyrics deliver the strong message Hozier wants to convey to his audience. The quick spread of the song led it to reach number two on the Irish iTunes chart on Oct. 25, 2013. Since the breakthrough, Hozier has gone on a small international tour performing in countries near his homeland and in small venues in Southern California. Having been successful in his early years of being a musician, Hozier decided to release a solo debut album, titled Hozier, which was released in Sept. 2014 in Ireland and on Oct. 17, 2014 globally.  The increasing popularity of Take Me to Church has led fans to change their addiction to this newly discovered song.