Kilkenny, Leinster, IRL

R.S.A.G. is a multi Instrumentlist who plays and records all the instruments, sounds and vocals in a home studio. The music is influenced by moments in many different styles of music that inspire me. It's like if you had DJ Shadow, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Feli Kuti The cramps recording an album.


RSAG released his debut double album ORGANIC SAMPLER in November 2008. What resulted appeared to be a frenzied vocabulary competition from Irish media to outdo each other in terms of compliments for this mesmerizing and totally unique act.

R.S.A.G. ( Rarely Seen Above Ground ) is Jeremy Hickey. He is a multi-instrumentalist who records, performs and produces all his own material. Live R.S.A.G. plays drums / percussion and sings. The backing tracks are recorded in his studio. Visually, he has created a virtual band which is projected on a screen behind him.

Think of Joy Division, Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, New York rockers, ESG with the visual impact of the Gorillaz. But rather than the use of animation, he aspires to a sort of shadowplay; a show of silhouettes of himself, which he utilises on disc. Think of what DJ Shadow done on his live tour of The Private Press. This is so much more than just music, it is a friendly, full-sensory virus with no known cure.

Now back with his Leo Pearson produced follow-up album Be It Right Or Wrong.

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.

“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

“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



Choice nominated Organic Sampler(Double Album) Released 2008.


Stick to your line

Days go by


Be it right or wrong

Be it right or Wrong

The Roamer


Set List

An hour and 15 minutes sets. Mainly 45 minutes for festivals and support slots. set list: Moving Image, Movement, Be it Right or Wrong, Stick to your line, Talk back crawl back, The climb, The Roamer, Bitter Swing, Make, It over, Before they make you run, Moon moving the oceans, Hot wire The Heart.
Stage Plot, Drum kit, Screen and Projector.