The Hoy Polloy Overview
About: The Hoy Polloy is a project between multi instrumentalist, vocalist and producer K Sos (of No Ordinary Cats) and guitarist / engineer Nicholas “Roman” Romanelli.
Description: The Hoy Polloy started when K Sos asked guitarist Nick Romanelli to appear on his 2011 release “Sciamachy” to provide a solo for the sultry love song “Stay if You Will”. Out of mutual respect for each other’s talents the two met up for some recording sessions in the fall of 2011, originally intending to rework some of K Sos’s old material into alternate versions. Eventually, it was agreed they two would work on a handful of remakes as well as a mix of new material, but when it came time to pick the songs for the album only one previously released track made the cut leaving 13 new songs to be explored by fans. Their ability to cross many genre boundaries inspired them to create this debut experiment that touches on everything from blues and psychedelic rock to soulful ballads, heart racing dance tracks and hip hop madness. Served with an arsenal of instrumentation composed almost solely by the duo, the album flourishes with vast sounds of both electric and acoustic guitar, spontaneous percussion and a range of psychedelic vocals and noises that could trip anyone out.
Biography: Music has been an obsession with K Sos (born Neil Cantor) since he was 11 years old when he started playing the saxophone in America’s Youngest Jazz Band. By 13, heavily influenced by hip hop, he began writing his own songs and self released his first album in high school at 16 and hasn’t stopped since. He didn’t choose to study music officially in college but instead devoted every moment of free time creating the hip hop group, No Ordinary Cats. Investing countless hours of time burning and distributing somewhere between 25 and 30,000 CD’s over 4 years The N.O.C. quickly developed a reputation around Florida.
The time spent burning was never wasted. K Sos always felt that word of mouth and direct interaction with fans was the best way to spread the group’s music. He spent his countless hours burning listening to and studying the craft of everyone from The Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Frank Sinatra, The Ramones, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Journey and The Arctic Monkeys to Jackie Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Mars Volta, Elton John, Jack White, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Thievery Corporation, The Roots and Prodigy. K Sos’s involvement in music is largely credited to his childhood love of Michael Jackson and Sos’s idolization of the iconic mid 90’s hip hop acts.
K Sos discovered The No Ordinary Cat’s manager & their publicist while attending The University Of Central Florida, Over the first three years of The NOC conception, the group performed all over their home state playing both small and medium size venues alike opening up for national acts like Ludacris, Redman & Method Man, Pepper, Whole Wheat Bread as well as doing a brief Florida tour with New Orleans rapper Curren$y. Through networking The NOC was able to secure appearances on some of the top radio shows in Orlando to promote their debut album DINOSAUR and also managed to score a summer Vitamin Water sponsorship that helped pay for some of the groups travel expenses. In fall of 2011, K Sos and his No Ordinary Cat band mate Rams moved to Miami to seek more exposure for their music. Somewhere along the transition the group began to unravel and was thrust into to an indefinite hiatus especially after the unexpected quitting of their manager and Skinny Buddha records label cofounder, “D Port” in January of 2012.
Always relentless, K Sos decided to embark once again on a separate mission from his musical counter parts and released another hip hop centered solo album “Sciamachy” (album #10), which Sos believed was his greatest work to date. The title which means “to battle one’s own shadow” largely became the theme behind K Sos’s quest for success in the music business. Sos has always been a huge believer in paving your own destiny and this time around was no exception. Throughout his journey to find his place in this lucrative industry, Sos endured many professional and personal hardships including the sudden loss of his biggest fan, his mother in June of 2010. Having always been known to lean on tragedy and emotional distress for inspiration, he continued to invest in his craft and push his ability to its outer limits. Friends cite Sos as being known to be reading as many as five books at a time and is constantly doing everything he can to study and improve his knowledge in pretty much everything. He prides himself on his ability to mesh historical facts and cultural notations into his lyrics, while keeping his music both educational and inspirational to his fans with a message of pursuing your dreams at all costs.
The other half of The Hoy Polloy, Nicholas “Roman” Romanelli, is an Italian south Florida native who’s lived here his entire life. Roman is trilingual. He’s fluent in Spanish and Italian, thanks to his parents who relocated to the United States before Roman was born. Roman’s well versed in music history and his greatest influences are Joe Strummer, Lee Perry, Django Reinhardt, & João Gilberto. Bands that have shaped helped form his style are The Rolling Stones, Police, and The Clash. Roman feels he is constantly attempting to emulate those who’ve inspired him and feels his style is a compilation of his favorite musicians. Roman has felt comfortable around musicians his entire life and is incredibly passionate about music. He believes music to be the link for knowing and understanding the array of vastly different people in the world. He hopes to someday to expand his small studio to a multi room-recording studio.
The album which was recorded at a handful of locations around south Florida can be described as nothing less than bizarre in nature. Sos describes the transitions between songs to be like switching from a scorching desert to the arctic tundra in just a matter of seconds. Roman’s favorite track from “On The Way To Rome” is ‘Relief’ because it is the song that set the tone for the album, and although it is the only old cut to make the record, you can tell why its textured but simple delivery birthed a new direction for the duo. The album’s music is based largely on lacking common genre constraints; Roman says that’s because the music’s fearless and is based largely on the duo’s philosophy of “Let’s try it”. K Sos enjoys the high energy power of tracks like “Cart Wheels” but also is astounded by the duo’s undeniable chemistry on tracks like the psychedelic “Felt Tip” or their coming of age cover of Neil Diamond’s “I Am, I Said” which wraps up the album.
With the album nearing debut, Sos has enlisted a third yet still unnamed member to the group who will mostly likely head up the groups percussion to make the duo a viable trio for the stage. Rehearsals have recently started for The Hoy Polloy who hopes to makes their return to the performing circuit by early 2013. The album debuts via Skinny Buddha outlets and I Tunes November 4th and promises to be something new and exciting in an industry that is both downsizing and less inclined to take chances than ever before.
Release Date: November 4th 2012
Genre: Alternative Indie Progressive (A.I.P.) Anything is Possible
Artists We Like: Rolling Stones, Mars Volta, Lupe Fiasco, Gym Class Heroes, The Roots, Pink Floyd.
Influences for the Album: The Gorillaz, Soft Machine, Neil Diamond
Website: TheHoyPolloy.com or Facebook: The Hoy Polloy
Booking Agent: K Sos @ (727) 641-4757 or TheHoyPolloy@gmail.com