The Hourglass Cats, or THC, are a high energy 7-piece Desert RocknRoll and Sonoran Reggae collective based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Originally formed in 2011 as a 2 piece band with Drummer “Hot Karl” Maier & Frontman Cori Rios, THC quickly grew to the 7 Piece band it is known as today. The band currently consists of Chaz Fertal (Saxophone) Cori Rios (Gtr/Vox) Cristian Ritchie (Bass) Enrique Naranjo (Drums)Henri Bernard (Percussion) Jesse Morrison (Percussion) Josh Montag (Percussion).
In 2013, The Hourglass Cats released 432, their debut EP, which included “Yoga Butt” and “Sense.” 432 was named after THC’s use of 432hz for all of their tunings. Following the release of their debut EP, THC hit the west coast, parts of Mexico and headlined two Arizona showcases at SxSW (’14 & ’15).
2016 saw the release of Portraits of Cats, THC’s second and most diverse album to date. Recorded and produced by their very own Jesse Morrison of Studio at The Farm.
SInce 2016, THC has put out multiple singles in preparation for their first full length album due Summer 2019. The Hourglass Cats have quickly become known as Arizona’s Premier party band. THC has performed at McDowell Mountain Music Festival, SxSW, Apache Lake Music Festival, House of Blues Reggae Fest and have shared stages with the likes of Passion Pit, Portugal The Man, Thievery Corporation, Slightly Stoopid, KONGOS, STRFKR, Allen Stone, Dispatch, Tribal Seeds, Rebelution and more! THC has regular radio play and repeat appearances on various radio stations around the valley including ALT-AZ 93.3, KUKQ Phoenix, KWSS 93.9 FM, Delux Radio, Melange Cafe Online Radio and KJZZ Phoenix 91.5 FM