Music is a powerful tool. It can capture people, bring their emotions miles away and back again in a matter of minutes. It can be created for any number of reasons, but for Taking the Hourglass, music is for the people. If music can nurture emotion, it can change lives.
Inspired by musicians that poured their heart, soul, and wisdom into their music, long-time friends Rachel and Ilseuk decided to give the year 2012 to the creation of music. Neither was content with the kind of life they were living, and wanted to do something bigger, something bolder. Both decided to leave school, and Rachel uprooted from her hometown of Omaha, NE to join Ilseuk in Columbus, OH. That summer, Taking the Hourglass was born. Throughout the next year-and-a-half, musicians moved in and out of the group: whoever was available to play a show played, and shows sometimes boiled down to just an acoustic set. Early on, TTHG covered songs by bands that were little known, but reflected the kind of music that they wanted to create. During that time, they began writing material based on the experiences they were having both in the band and their personal lives and relationships. In accordance with the words of indie band Kye Kye’s Olga Yagolnikov, TTHG strove to always “write what you know”. In this way, they always tried to make their life experiences into something that could touch people again and again, and hopefully offer the solutions and the strength that had helped them in their own difficult situations.
With all this in mind, TTHG wrote the Lost for Words EP. They started recording with producer Halen Bouhadana of Liberty Deep Down in September 2013. Recording was finished in April of 2014, after which TTHG moved to Rachel’s hometown of Omaha. New location, new band members, and an EP ready to be released, TTHG teamed up with indie band Sail the Boat from New Jersey and solo artist Youngbok Gomez from California on the Coast-to-Coast Tour. They toured from Boston to San Francisco, releasing their EP in the band’s hometown Columbus, OH.
Entering a new phase in their lives, Taking the Hourglass continues to strive for music that accurately reflects the lives that they live, in all of its joys and challenges, blessings and difficulties. They believe that as complicated as it can be, we are capable of living lives that are full of wonder, if we are willing to put in the effort to make it so. Today, Taking the Hourglass is based out of Omaha, NE, and is comprised of Rachel Masuda on lead vocals, Ilseuk Masuda on keys and vocals, Ben Conrad on guitar, Dolan Delano on bass, and Cole Johnson on the drums.
Led by a female power-vocalist, Taking the Hourglass combines driving passion with melodic thought. With influences in Indie-Rock, Progressive-Rock, Electronic, and Folk, Taking the Hourglass has combined their varying interests to result in the Lost for Words EP. With an importance equal to sound, Taking the Hourglass has striven to deliver a level of thought and honesty in their lyrics that is meant to do right by their listeners. They have meticulously crafted their music to share the story of their journey, as it pertains to the journey that everyone must walk.