Hozier Releases Powerful Protest Anthem “Jackboot Jump”
One of the highlights of Hozier’s Wasteland, Baby! Tour is a scathing protest anthem song called “Jackboot Jump.” Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 (in which the protagonist is told “if you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever”), the just-released song crackles with righteous anger. “At Standing Rock the Jackboot Jump, you’d swear was all the rage,” he sings over driving guitar. “Whether tearing up old treaties or just tearing up the place, it’s always corporate infrastructure over the structure of your face.”
Hozier then takes aim at human rights violations in Russia and Hong Kong as the song progresses. “I’m excited to share this new track ‘Jackboot Jump,’ which is the first taste of new music coming early next year,” the 29-year-old revealed on social media. “This song was written and recorded live on the road, so it seems fitting to share it now while the tour wraps up. Thank you for letting me share it with you at these shows if you caught it.” Listen to urgent, very necessary “Jackboot Jump” below.