RSAG (Rarely Seen Above Ground| is the stage name of Kilkenny multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Hickey, a firm favourite across most of the Irish music scene whether it’s touring under his own moniker or with Jerry Fish from time to time. Speaking to Jeremy a few weeks back following the release of latest single, ‘Leave A Light On’, the reception to it was positive, as the “vocally lead” track offered something a different this time around.
Yet, Jeremy tells me that the focus on other contenders for his next release return to the drum and percussion sound that is a custom with RSAG, “There’s a lot of demos for drums and things. Textures and more like the first album onwards”.
Influences vary, but at the time Radiohead’s latest was getting played in the studio and also Super Furry Animals’ “Furry Logic”, which he says “he can’t wait to see again”.
RSAG is a curious idea to bring into the live situation. Having seen the setup at Hotpress’ collaborative gig with Jameson in Dublin a few months back, a plethora of sounds emanate from the stage with the solo figure of Hickey throwing arms and legs across his kit while maintaining enough composure to sing is no easy task making it a wonder to watch.
“When I finish a song, then I think about how it will sound live. With ‘Leave A Light On’, I have been thinking about it, which will probably be layered live” he says. “It is always a bit bigger (sounding) live, especially with drums.”
Looking forward to the next few months, having played sets at Knockanstockan and Body&Soul to date, Jeremy is relishing the chance to play Electric Picnic again this year,”I will putting tracks together for the new release, while also looking forward to the Picnic, it’s in everyone’s diaries.”
‘Leave A Light On’ is out now.