Kilkenny, County Kilkenny
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R.S.A.G. (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey) is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from the Marble city who has been making waves since 2008 with his explosive live set and a double album release, Organic Sampler – the debut which received a 5 star review from the Irish Times as well as gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination in the same year.
Now back with his Leo Pearson produced follow-up album Be It Right Or Wrong, R.S.A.G. is sure of another busy year in 2010.
Be It Right Or Wrong was performed entirely by Hickey and was recorded in Leo’s studio in Thomastown, Kilkenny in August ’09. Leo Pearson is a leading remixer, programmer and producer, and has worked with many big names including U2, Elvis Costello and Howie B.
Live, R.S.A.G. plays drums/percussion and sings and will tour around Ireland playing in his hometown Kilkenny in the Set Theater on July 24th.
“Recording Be It Right Or Wrong was a completely different experience to Organic Sampler. On Organic Sampler I more of less wrote and recorded everything at home. For Be It Right Or Wrong I chose to record with Leo Pearson in Thomastown, Kilkenny. Leo has a great set-up. It doesn’t have that claustrophobic feeling to it like a lot of studios. I had recorded a lot of the songs again at home and came to the studio with the demos. Straight away we clicked on the sounds and the different vibe I was going for. Leo convinced me to record everything from scratch, which at first I wasn’t into, but now I'm glad I listened. With this album I wanted more of a live feel, almost like a dysfunctional band who needed to get all of their influences out but of course, still being recorded by only one man. Working with Leo was great, he really has a talent of getting the right take from you. In it's feel and technical merit, I wanted this album to be different than my last. Change is something we cant control but we can write about it” - Jeremy Hickey May 2010
1 BE IT RIGHT OR WRONG 2 BEFORE THEY MAKE YOU RUN 3 THE MESS WERE IN 4 THE ROAMER 5 MOVEMENT 6 THE BITTER SWING 7 HOTWIRE THE HEART 8 MERCY PLEA 9 HANGING ON A LIE 10 MAKE 11 SHOTS BACKFIRE 12 TIME ON TRIAL
“There is a vibrancy and a freshness here and those elements, coupled with Hickey’s clear vision and single-minded approach, have combined to put together one of the best Irish albums you’ll hear in 2010.” – State.ie
“Be It Right Or Wrong is innovative, carefully crafted, and often captivating.” – Entertainment.ie
“Turning his radar back 50 years, R.S.A.G. (aka Jeremy Hickey) has once again delivered a record as fresh as it is exciting, a homage to the original rock’n’rollers brought bang up to date. Put this down as a Choice nomination shoo-in.” – Irish Times
“Hear the drummer get wicked and sublime. No need to be alarmed. Jeremy Hickey knows exactly what he’s doing.” – Hotpress
“It marks the arrival of a truly world-beating new talent. Utterly brilliant” – RTE Guide
“A truly inventive work from a true original.” AU Magazine
“Now more Picasso than Pollock” – Sunday Tribune