Somewhere underneath this hot mess of sound from FNU Ronnies lies a formidable punk record. And as one of my good friends lies passed out on the couch basked in the glow of images from Finding Bigfoot, I can’t help but think this record shares similarities to that great elusive beast, the only difference being that Saddle Up is in fact very real. Throughout the album, you hear distinct hints of sound and direction that lead one to believe that punk ultimately reigns supreme here. The thing being, and what has essentially always been in terms of the ‘Ronnies, is that these peeks into a more general punk approach are tangled in a wild twist of alien noise mangling that of which would be any type of typical structure. Occasionally one will hear vocals on some of the tracks that give the sense that there is a human touch somewhere behind this all, but even then those are warped to varying degrees from song to song that makes it to where you can’t be too sure. Confused, but no less interested, one is forced to follow the band down its path of deception and destruction, constantly teasing their capabilities but never revealing what they truly are. Cyber-punk? Weirdo-punk? Shit, the list could go on and on. But the thing is, people will listen because it’s absolutely worth trying to figure out.
FNU Ronnies – Ant People (from Saddle Up)
FNU Ronnies – You Don’t Look So Good (from Saddle Up)
FNU Ronnies – Golem Smoke (from their out of print Golem Smoke tape on Skrot Up. This song notifies us the apocalypse will last 9.45 minutes)
Those looking to grab a copy of Saddle Up can do so by simply heading over to Load Records.