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RICHMOND MUSIC JOURNAL
ISSUE 114 - APRIL 2003
CD REVIEW BY ROBERT STUTLER


SCARIENS: DUNYA

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dunya ~ the cd


Man, it must be so much fun to have a wild imagination and the guts to let it free, to have the talent and audacity to lampoon anything that catches the eye or rubs against the grain.

The Scariens must be having one hell of a good time. No topic is too sacred. They slam the door in the face of religion, social norms and a hundred absurdities of our modern world. Like Weird Al, they use the melodies of familiar favorites to lower the boom on their unsuspecting targets.

They use snippets, riffs and whole verses from the Bugs Bunny show theme song, the Road Runner show, "Brown Eyed Girl", "Get Smart", and other classic songs, commercials and TV shows. These self-proclaimed "Arabs from outer space" weave a tapestry of humor and biting wit that leaves you shaking your head in wonder.

Their searing satire is made even more brutal when it's supported by solid vocals and outstanding instrumentation. This crafty four-piece band would be equally at ease playing serious music.

I've heard they have a hard time finding venues to play. I find that hard to believe!


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