Published on June 12th, 2010 | by Bryano0
Be It Right Or Wrong…The return of R.S.A.G.
Master percussionist RSAG ( Rarely Seen Above Ground ) returns on June 11th with Be It Right Or Wrong, the follow up to the outstanding Choice Music Prize nominated debut Organic Sampler.
RSAG is entirely Jeremy Hickey, a multi-instrumentalist who composes each individual musical element by himself, carefully weaving them into the finished article. Debut Organic Sampler was something a little bit special; a uniquely eclectic batch of tracks which won near unanimous praise for both it’s inventive approach and the quality of the delivery as Hickey served up a thundering mesh of mazy percussion led anthems.
In the intervening period, which also saw Hickey work with Super Extra Bonus Party on their Night Horses record, the original premise has been fine tuned and furthered and this is evident on new lead single The Roamer, which is a wonderfully sprawling, upbeat number. More melodious than anything off Organic Sampler, The Roamer suggests an exciting evolution in RSAGs work as it’s carefully layered tones glide along in what is one of the best Irish singles of the year to date.
Following the release of Organic Sampler Hickey’s choice of band title took on something of an ironic twist as rather than lurking in the shadows he embraced the adulation and took his live show across the country. As with the record, RSAGs live show also hold a unique twist and here it is the drums, so often maligned to the background, which take centre stage with support provided by a visually projected virtual band comprised of excellently designed footage of Hickey performing the myriad of other necessary instruments. On paper this may sound like a shoddy Gorillaz rip off but it genuinely works magnificently and performances at Oxegen and Electric Picnic in particular have earned RSAG glowing adulation and a reputation for sterling live shows.
You can judge for yourself as RSAG performs a number of live dates to celebrate the release of Be It Right Or Wrong, as listed below. Tickets, priced €13.50 are on sale now.