There has been an overwhelming response to the Hozier video for Take Me To Church as it flew to the top of the reddit frontpage and racked up over 100,000 views in just a single day.
Hozier collaborated with noted Irish director Brendan Canty and his Feel Good Lost team on the video. Hozier says: ''Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost had a treatment in mind for the video with some very strong imagery that I quite liked. We talked about it and discussed bringing in a few different themes. The video references the recent increase of organised attacks and torturing of homosexuals in Russia, which is subsequent to a long, hateful, and oppressive political campaign against the LGBT community. The song was always about humanity at it's most natural and how that is undermined ceaselessly by religious organisations and those who would have us believe they act in it's interests. What has been seen growing in Russia is no less than nightmarish, I proposed bringing these themes into the story and Brendan liked the idea. ''
Hozier plays the Pepper Canister Church, Dublin on Sunday 8th December. Tickets here.
1st August 2013
August Music Sale
For the month of August all titles in the Rubyworks shop are on sale for the special price of €5 for digital albums and €8 for CDs. All CD purchases come with an instant digital download.
Please welcome Hozier to the Rubyworks family. Born on St. Patrick's Day and hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and the deep dark stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music. Whilst there, he bagged a seat on the flight deck of the symphonic B-52 that is the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock.
His debut EP is a four song set of Twenty First Century Blues and is available to download for free from the player above.
8th July 2013
Funeral Suits - We Only Attack Ourselves
Feast your eyes on this spectacular new video from Funeral Suits for We Only Attack Ourselves. Direted by Jonathan Irwin and completed over the space three months the band said of the video, "We worked with Jonathan Irwin on a video for another song called 'Florida' an age ago. We were talking about doing another video for 'Stars are Spaceships' with him but that changed to 'We only attack ourselves' pretty early in the process. Its maybe the most stripped back track on 'Lily of the Valley'. Me and Brian recorded the first demo of it in the bathroom of a house i used to live in and never changed it to much from then on. Jonathan Irwin approached us with a treatment that just blew us away. He, Michael Donnelly and Piers McGrail shot the video in 2 1/2 days in Dublin. We spent pretty much the entire budget on the shoot, leaving a grand total of zero Euro for post-production. Jonathan completed all the effects, animation and comping over 3 months. We love working with different people on things like videos and art. We see it as a chance to collaborate on similar interests and just to be involved and inspired by other creative people." Lily Of The Valley is out now.
4th July 2013
John Murry - Live From His Living Room 7th July
John Murry will perform a special live show from his living room in California on July 07 at 9:00 PM BST. The show will be a one-off live event and will not be recorded or repeated - you miss it, you miss it. John will be teaming up with Stageit who will stream the show on their site. You can tip to show your support at anytime during the show. You can chat with other fans and even interact with John via the chat window on the show page. You can get your ticket (at a pay what you can afford price) and watch the show here.
13th June 2013
Small number of John Murry The Graceless AgeDeluxe 2CD version back in stock
We have a small number of the Deluxe 2CD version of John Murry's majestic The Graceless Age back in stock. These are the last of this limited 2CD edition of the album and they are available to buy from the link below until such time as they run out.
3rd May Praise For The Graceless Age
High praise continues to roll in for John Murry's debut album The Graceless Age with The Guradian today awarding the album five stars saying, “The Graceless Age is extraordinary, a profound and moving meditation – the kind of album that answers questions you didn't realise you were asking....Lyrically, though, it's remarkable: brutal, frank and beautiful.... I don't expect to hear a better album this year.” - ***** The Guardian[Read The Full Review].
Elsewhere Q Magazine says the record is “Intensely beautiful... Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream” giving it four stars.
“Occasionally, an album comes out of nowhere that completely blows your mind. Like this one” - ***** Simon Cosyns, The Sun.
9/10 “Album Of The Month” Allan Jones, Uncut. - “instant classic.....the original 10-song album is an unflinching, personal exorcism, set against a dense squall of keyboards, strings, percussion and guitars, as Murry lays bare the dark calamities of a life racked with pain, addiction, betrayal, guilt and self-destruction.”
The album is released today in Ireland and on Monday 6th May in the UK. Buy on iTunes - and the full 2CD Deluxe Package is available below.
18th April John Murry - Southern Sky Video
Mojo Magazine have premiered the new John Murry video for Southern Sky. Confirming that they've awarded his album The Graceless a very rare and very impressive five stars in their upcoming issue they say.
"John Murry's masterful gothic country debut, The Graceless Age, is due for release next month. Born of self-destruction (including drug addiction and an overdose), emotional breakdowns and ultimately redemption and reconciliation, the album finds Murry channeling a sound that recalls Josh T Pearson, Bruce Springsteen and Bill Callahan. We awarded the record the full five stars in the forthcoming issue of MOJO"
Feast your eyes on the video directed by Mike McCarthy below.