The Hoy Polloy is, in a word, refreshing. The Miami four-piece has been blending its own recipe of hybrid alternative pop-funk for the last three years. With founding members Nick Romanelli and K Sos, Hoy Polloy released its first album On the Way to Rome in November 2012. But Romanelli left the group in the Summer of 2013.
The current lineup — consisting of
Yet, somehow, with so many different styles at play, Hoy Polloy's sound still comes off as simple, joyful, and unpretentious. Not an easy feat.
We caught up with The Hoy Polloy to see how things are going before the band celebrates one year playing together at Kill Your Idol on Wednesday.
New Times: Ok, I usually don't ask this but, what's with the band name?
Tell me about your first gig together.
Juan Lameiro: September 25, 2014. The Hoy Polloy live at Jazid on South Beach. We made this ridiculous amateur looking flyer with cutouts from Panthers horror book and photocopied 100 copies. Inviting people to a hole in the wall dance club that had a notorious reputation for being a smokers haven. We owe so much to Tony for being an understanding owner. He saw these kids eager as shit to begin their journey on the live stage and he gave us the platform to rid ourselves of the beginners' mistakes.
Who is the best musician in the band?
Panther: The four of us together
Panther: Parrot says there was a ghost in his old apartment. It would write him songs and leave the tab sheet in the morning.
What's your favorite and least favorite Miami venue?
Francisco Padilla: Favorite is Kill Your Idol on South Beach. A home away from home for us. Shout out to Travis and the team for their undying support of The Hoy. Least favorite is The Vagabond, Tobacco Road, The Stage, Will Call, and Grand Central. As of December 2016 they will all be but a memory away. Rock in peace.
Why do you think it is that so many live music venues are closing in Miami?
Lameiro: The demand does not exceed the supply. There's plenty of room in Florida to expand its way of life and its appeal. I'm okay with the big buildings going up but at least equally facilitate the recreational areas with live music on every block. Give our business owners a helping hand.
Do you write your music on drugs? coffee? or natural style?
If you could have anyone in the world come to your show, who would it be?
Jack White, Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Kanye West — the headliners when we all went to
Are you voting for Trump?
I heard he pays for followers on Instagram so I'm going to go with no.
The Hoy Polloy. 10 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, at Kill Your Idol, 222 Española Way, Miami Beach; killyouridol.com. Admission is free.