Sneaky Sugars
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Sneaky Sugars

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

New York City, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Sneaky Sugars Bursts Onto Wes Music Scene"

I walked down to Clark 4 to interview Wesleyan’s newest and most prominent freshman band, The Sneaky Sugars (formerly known as C4). As I arrived, a small plastic object whizzed by my head and stuck to the wall; if the quartet was nervous about their first interview, they weren’t showing it, as I realized when I interrupted a Nerf Gun fight between lead singer/rhythm guitarist Ryan Guarino ’18 and bassist Jack Maraghy ’18.

Being newcomers to Wesleyan’s music scene can appear a daunting obstacle for any group of aspiring musicians, but The Sneaky Sugars members decided to take matters into their own hands and formed a group comprised of various members from the fourth floor of Clark Hall. There’s Guarino and Maraghy, as well as funky lead guitarist Karina Caban ’18 and drummer Max Cembalest ’18 (who lives in the Nics). While fortuitous rooming selections facilitated the band’s formation, The Sneaky Sugars’ creation was spontaneous, and due in part to the nurturing of a band with a more established campus presence, Music For Drunk People (MFDP), who took the Sugars under its wing.

The band played their open gig at Delta Kappa Epsilon’s (DKE) “Sexy Winter Party.”

“We became a real band only a week before the DKE show,” Caban said. “Before that, we were just jamming last semester.”

“We became a band before we became a band,” Guarino said. “I was hanging out with Jack and MFDP and they asked me to open for them. I didn’t know what that meant and I kind of just said yes.”

“Ryan and I had the gig first, and then we realized we needed an actual band to play with,” Maraghy said.

Just a week before their opening, the band had to scramble to live up to their billing on Facebook as “the self-proclaimed greatest two-week-old rock band of all time.”

While Caban talked about the hard work that goes into putting their set together, Jack and Ryan resumed their Nerf fight and playfully joked around.

The band’s cohesive set was developed by Guarino and aided by a group who share similar musical sensibilities and expectations concerning the nature of the band’s demographic.

“Our sound is 2000’s indie-rock based,” Guarino said. “So, ‘Take Me Out,’ by Franz Ferdinand, ‘Barely Legal,’ by The Strokes, ‘Mardy Bum,’ by The Arctic Monkeys. We kept DKE in mind.”

“Basically, anything people can bump to,” Caban added. “It’s a mixture of alternative rock with punk and funk influences.”

The Sneaky Sugars showcased its new sound in a surprisingly polished set at DKE, where they played for a crowd that contained many freshmen eager to watch their classmates’ inaugural show. Backed by Caban’s commanding guitar riffs on crowd favorites such as “Take Me Out,” Guarino’s performance was reminiscent of The Strokes’ lead vocalist Julian Casablancas, and he displayed the cool demeanor of a veteran performer.

Assisted by Caban’s and Maraghy’s understated, workman-like personas, it was when Guarino began to feed off the energy of his audience during crowd pleasers such as “Mardy Bum,” and a Sneaky Sugars original, “I Fall Around,” that the band’s sound reached its high point. Their funk-inspired take on alt-rock classics is a welcome addition to the Wesleyan music scene, which already boasts another funky ensemble band, Chef.

After The Sneaky Sugars’ successful show at DKE, they realized the name C4 was not cutting it anymore, and it was time to reinvent themselves.

“C4 was low-hanging fruit,” Maraghy said. “We needed a real name.”

“It was first observed in Usdan,” Caban said. “The new name really spoke to us. There are sneaky sugars everywhere. They’re in wheat bread; who would have thought? You can find us in wheat bread. You can find us anywhere. The name means whatever you want it to mean.”

“And even the stuff you don’t want it to mean,” Maraghy adds.

As The Sneaky Sugars continue to branch out and expand their sound, they intend to develop the band by potentially featuring a fifth member more prominently, Luke Davoren ’18, who plays the keyboard and is another denizen of Clark 4. The group is increasingly focused on creating original pieces like “I Fall Around.”

“We’re actually in the middle of several songs right now,” Guarino said. “I mostly handle songwriting duty. Karina and Max contribute to the songwriting process as well.”

The band plans to play more shows at DKE and has an upcoming performance at Art House on Friday, Feb. 13, a more intimate venue that usually features a crowd of audiophiles well-versed in alternative music.

“After our upcoming show at Art House, we tentatively have two more DKE shows lined up,” Guarino said. “We would be opening for Swipe Right and MFDP.”

The band cites the congenial nature of bands such as MFDP and Swipe Right as a vital reason why they have been able to make such an immediate impact.

“MFDP has really kind of linked up with us,” Maraghy said. “As we interact with these older bands, it’s a lot of networking for the future.”

“That’s a big thing, because MFDP asked us to be their official opener. So from now on, we get that first call,” Guarino said. “With Swipe Right, I was their drummer last semester. You need to know people. That’s what it essentially comes down to if you want to get into one of these bands. It’s really hard for a freshman, maybe even a sophomore band, to find their own way without the help from an older band.”

As The Sneaky Sugars look towards the future, their goals are equal parts earnest and ambitious.

“New originals!” Guarino said.

“We want to ‘sneak’ our way to the top,” Caban said with a sarcastic smile.

As Guarino aims his Nerf Gun at one of his roommate’s posters—“Keep Calm and Carry On”—Caban added, “We want to take over.” - Wesleyan Argus


"Meet Sneaky Sugars"

“We don’t really know how we got here,” claims the Facebook page of Sneaky Sugars, a new freshman band consisting mostly of residents of the 4th floor of Clark hall (with a member from one floor down, as well as a Nics guest). As a fellow resident, I interviewed Sneaky Sugars in my own room, where they were practicing since their lead guitar player is my roommate. They told me about pre-show rituals, how they formed, and their plans for the future.

Sneaky Sugars consists of Max Cembalist ’18 on drums, Ryan Guarino ’18 on drums and vocals, Jack Maraghy ’18 on bass, Mira Guth ’18, also on vocals, the aforementioned roommate and lead guitarist Karina Caban ’18.

“We spend four hours spooning,” Ryan jokes when I ask how the group prepares for a show. In reality, they spend these hours moving equipment and carrying out various technical tasks, but they see this time as important, since the group is all together and able to practice a little more to get in sync before the show.

When asked how the band formed, Karina recalls mystically, “It all started with a bond.” It turns out that Jack and Ryan were walking down a street singing the Strokes, and the members of Music for Drunk People (more commonly known as MFDP) joined them, subsequently asking if Jack and Ryan would consider opening for them.

Since their inception, the group has opened for MFDP twice as well as Swipe Right, and this Saturday will be their first time headlining. For these performances, they’ve been doing a combination of covers and original songs, the latter of which are written by Ryan. As Max describes, “Ryan writes lyrics and initial arrangements, and then we all contribute and add our own little licks and styles.”

When they do covers, the band focuses on their arrangement and sticks with what fits their sound. “We’re kind of bare-bones for a rock band,” Max confesses, “so the simpler the arrangement, the better.”

Recently, they’ve been exploring ways to adapt more difficult songs to their arrangement of bass, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and drums. Mira, their newest member, will allow a lot more freedom in song choice. Not only does she sing, but she plays acoustic guitar and is willing to try keyboard. She and Ryan can also spontaneously harmonize, which will also enhance their live performances.

On Saturday they’ll be playing Vance Joy’s “Riptide,” which was more difficult to adapt than their previous covers given that it involves a lot more instruments than they have.

As they branch out in their music, Sneaky Sugars is still working on defining their own sound – Ryan described it as a combination of Devo and Bob Dylan, but Jack grimaced and the rest of the band voiced their disgust.

“It’s called Sucrose. It’s our new song. Or maybe Glucose,” Karina jokes after a spontaneous beatboxing and drum session between her and Max.

Given the density (or lack thereof) of our walls, the majority of Clark 4 can attest to Sneaky Sugars’ greatness. Their performance Saturday promises an upbeat combination of rock and alternative, with low to moderate levels of sucrose. - Method Magazine


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Sneaky Sugars is a band. We play upbeat, dance music and, without fail, assure a great time for all. Some words to describe our image, appeal and style: energetic, fun, danceability, quirky, young, young and attractive, informed (?), endearing, cute but not too cute, committed, driven, beer, liquor, reliable and friendly. We are a force to be reckoned with. If you invite us to play for you, there is simply no way for you to feel regretful at all. We will give you exactly what you need: quality entertainment and unhindered access to the heartstrings and loyalty of America's young adults. Give us a call.

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