Sitting in front of a some midi controllers in his home studio, he seems restless. Some might even say annoyed. After a decade of working with everyone from rappers to Didgeridoo players, and teaching himself a handful of instruments, with no sensi over several years it’s disconcerting to see so much frustration. Not to mention constantly keeping three uniquely distinct projects in rotation,
The Hoy Polloy and his two solo outlets who’ve both fallen under the K Sos alias, it’s almost as if he’s always bitten off more than he can chew. With the Hoy’s most recent release “Bye Bye Bogota” failing to receive any critical praise, despite a slew of uniquely directed videos that included everything from 6 gallons of neon paint under black lights to images worthy of a Pixar employee made entirely of sand, its hard to tell whether K Sos is planning to off himself or is still keeping the best to come tightly up his sleeve. “I really thought the Bogota album was gonna make some serious waves,” comments K Sos, with an air of borderline disgust, which I’ve rarely seen in past interviews. Coming on the heels of his “Al Malnik” solo release, and speculatively his best hip hop record to date, he is haunted by his inability to connect more of the songs with a broader audience. “It’s almost as if sometimes I am completely blind to what the people want to hear, and yet still know that following my heart the only way I know how will lead me to everything I’ve ever wanted,” he says. Sos, who told me in an interview years ago that he makes music that he enjoys listening to, still exudes a blind confidence in himself that I am not sure is warranted. All it takes is to see one of his acts though to know the drive is still alive, and his power still one of the most potent you’ll come in contact with.
I caught up with the band a few weeks ago at their Lincoln Beard Brewery run one Saturday night. As I sat in the back and watched the crowd interactions you can tell the music still effects people in the most peculiar and awesome way. Sos, who founded The Hoy Polloy to blur the genre borders once and for all, has been heavily bashed by critics for being too ambitious, or suffering from a musical “ADD” that is just too out there for people to categorize. “I was so tired of all these one trick ponies,” comments Sos whose been to hundreds of shows over the years and studied performance tactics of pretty much anyone you’ve ever musically admire. As the Lincoln Beard sets unfold a tireless K Sos, switches between rapping, to playing saxophone, to singing rock ballads, and a handful of other mixups I wouldn’t even dare title.
This Wednesday at Midnight for ladies night the boys take the stage at their favorite hometown niche, Kill Your Idol. “It is still my favorite place to play,” sighs Sos, “when the crowd is right and the vibe is in the air the intimacy of the room is electrifying.” When I ask what the boys will play in a few days, I already know I won’t get an answer. Sos never reveals the sets and has made it a point in now over 150 shows in 35 states to never repeat a set.
They are always working on new stuff, Kiss the Princess, the final chapter in their pipeline of EP releases is being groomed for the bands best offerings, not to mention the bands desire to do a live album from a currently undisclosed location in New Mexico. I ask Sos if he is losing steam. “All I can do is keep giving it everything I got. I’ve made promises that I must follow through with. I started this a long time ago and I intend to keep those promises,” says Sos. “Come to Wednesday’s show, we’re gonna continue to leave it all up on the stage, the way we’ve always done, The Hoy way.”