Hope Sandoval

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Hope Sandoval
Performing in New York, 2010
Performing in New York, 2010
Background information
Born (1966-06-24) June 24, 1966 (age 56)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1986–present

Hope Sandoval (born June 24, 1966) [1] is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead singer of Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions.[2] Sandoval has toured and collaborated with other artists, including Massive Attack, for whom she sang "Paradise Circus" on the 2010 album Heligoland[3] and the 2016 single "The Spoils".[4]

Early life[edit]

Sandoval was born June 24, 1966[5][6] in Los Angeles, California to Mexican-American parents and raised in east Los Angeles.[2] Her father was a butcher, while her mother worked for a potato chip manufacturing company. She has one sibling and seven half-siblings. Sandoval's parents separated when she was a child and she was raised primarily by her mother.[7]

She attended Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra,[8] but struggled socially and academically, and was placed in special education classes. She began to forgo her classes, instead staying home and listening to records. "It's just like anybody else—some people, most people don't wanna go to school. They just don't want to", Sandoval recalled. "I was just somebody who got away with it… There wasn't really anyone watching". She eventually dropped out of high school.[7]

Sandoval took an interest in music at an early age, and, at age 13, was particularly influenced by the Rolling Stones.[7] In 1986, she formed the folk music duo Going Home with Sylvia Gomez and sent a demo tape to David Roback. He contacted the duo and suggested that he would "play guitar for you guys".[9] The material recorded by Gomez, Sandoval and Roback has yet to be released.[2]


Opal and Mazzy Star (1988–1996)[edit]

Sandoval performed with the band Opal in the late 1980s alongside David Roback and long-time Roback collaborator Kendra Smith. After Smith's abrupt departure during a tour of the UK (hurling her guitar to the floor at the Hammersmith gig), Sandoval took over lead vocals. At the end of the tour, Roback and Sandoval began writing together and formed the alternative rock band Mazzy Star.[2]

The first Mazzy Star album, She Hangs Brightly, was released in 1990.[9] While not a commercial success, this album did establish Mazzy Star as a band with a unique sound.

The band had a surprise breakthrough hit single released in October 1993. "Fade into You"—from the band's second album So Tonight That I Might See—was recorded one year before it became a success.

There is a continuity between the sounds and moods established on Mazzy Star's first two albums and the band's third, Among My Swan. Mazzy Star went on hiatus in 1997.

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions (2000–2010)[edit]

Sandoval formed The Warm Inventions in 2000 and released her first solo album Bavarian Fruit Bread in 2001,[10] which she recorded with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig. The album differed in terms of theme, voice, and instrumentation from that of her work with Mazzy Star. Bert Jansch plays guitar on two tracks, and the album features two covers, "Butterfly Mornings" from the film The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) and Jesus and Mary Chain's "Drop".[11] The Warm Inventions released two EPs, At the Doorway Again in 2000 and Suzanne in 2002 but did not win commercial success, with one video on MTV and little radio play. Sandoval recorded a song, "Wild Roses", for a compilation CD released by Air France, In the Air (2008).

Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions released their second album, Through the Devil Softly, on September 29, 2009.

Sandoval and her band were chosen by Matt Groening to perform at the edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival he curated in May 2010 in Minehead, England. The group also played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York in September 2010 at the request of film director Jim Jarmusch.

Mazzy Star re-formation (2011–2014)[edit]

In 2009, Sandoval confirmed in an interview with Rolling Stone that Mazzy Star was still active: "It's true we're still together. We're almost finished [with the record]. But I have no idea what that means."[12] In October 2011, the group released the single "Common Burn"/"Lay Myself Down", their first material in 15 years.[13] The group stated that they had plans to release the album in 2012.[14] In July 2013, "California", the first single from the new album was released. The album, Seasons of Your Day, was released in September 2013.

David Roback died in Los Angeles on February 24, 2020 from metastatic cancer.[15][16][17]

Renewed solo activity (2016–present)[edit]

On March 9, 2016, it was confirmed that Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions would release a 7" vinyl single titled "Isn't It True" for Record Store Day 2016.[18] The track also features Jim Putnam of Radar Bros.[19] A music video for the song was released on April 19, and is dedicated to Richie Lee of Acetone.[20] The Warm Inventions' third studio album, Until the Hunter, was released on November 4 through the band's own independent record label, Tendril Tales.[21][22] A second single from the album, "Let Me Get There" featuring Kurt Vile, was released on September 23.[23]

Sandoval contributed vocals to "I Don't Mind" by Psychic Ills, which was released on March 29, 2016.[24][25] Four months later, Massive Attack released "The Spoils", which was her third collaboration with the band, following "Paradise Circus" and "Four Walls".[26][27] A music video starring actress Cate Blanchett was released on August 9.[28]

She covered "Big Boss Man" on Mercury Rev's 2019 album Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited.[29]

Performing style[edit]

During live performances, Sandoval prefers to sing in near-darkness with only a dim backlight, playing the tambourine, harmonica, glockenspiel or shaker.[30] She has a reputation for shyness.[31] Her stage presence has been described as "idly withdrawn, barely acknowledging the audience".[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sandoval lives in Berkeley, California.[1]


Mazzy Star[edit]

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions[edit]


Sandoval has collaborated with numerous other artists.[32]



  1. ^ I Killed My Best Friend also features contributions from Sandoval's Mazzy Star partner David Roback, as well as The Warm Inventions' Colm Ó Cíosóig and his former My Bloody Valentine bandmate Kevin Shields.


  1. ^ a b https://rockandrollglobe.com/rock/alternative-rock/hope-sandoval-springs-eternal/?fbclid=IwAR1cEWSUM24h2-AGNO7okKhTzqj6VAbGjHnzMYwLdu97g4DS-B4OQ5F7JXI
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Official Website of Hope Sandoval". HopeSandoval.com. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  3. ^ "BYT Interview: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions". Brightest Young Things. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  4. ^ Yoo, Noah (July 29, 2016). "Massive Attack Release "Come Near Me" New Video, Plus Hope Sandoval Collaboration". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  5. ^ "Hope Sandoval, Born 06/24/1966 in Los Angeles County". The California Birth Index. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Hope Sandoval". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 7, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c McLean, Craig (October 11, 2001). "I want to be alone". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on May 6, 2021. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  8. ^ Hilburn, Robert (July 22, 1990). "Mazzy Star: Shining 'Brightly' : The personal visions of David Roback and Hope Sandoval have fueled a fast-moving album on the alternative-rock charts". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Gavan, David (December 29, 2009). "The Mother Of Warm Invention - A Hope Sandoval Interview". The Quietus. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Bento, Debbie (October 30, 2001). "CD REVIEWS: Baby Blue Soundcrew, Lenny Kravitz, Matthew Good Band and many more". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on November 22, 2001. Retrieved June 4, 2022.
  11. ^ "Frozen Entrée – Page 1 – Music – Los Angeles". LA Weekly. November 22, 2001. Archived from the original on September 25, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  12. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (July 6, 2009). "Mazzy Star Crooner Readies Return With Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  13. ^ Cooper, Leonie (October 18, 2011). "Mazzy Star return for first release in 15 years". NME. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  14. ^ Cooper, Leonie (November 2, 2011). "Mazzy Star to release new album in 2012". NME. Archived from the original on June 4, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  15. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (February 26, 2020). "David Roback, 61, a Founder of the Band Mazzy Star, Is Dead". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  16. ^ Savage, Mark (February 26, 2020). "Mazzy Star co-founder David Roback dies, aged 61". BBC News. Archived from the original on February 27, 2020. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  17. ^ Yoo, Noah (February 25, 2020). "Mazzy Star's David Roback Dead at 61". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Archived from the original on February 29, 2020. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  18. ^ Sterdan, Darryl (April 8, 2016). "Record Store Day 2016: The 25 biggest and best releases". Toronto Sun. Postmedia Network. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  19. ^ BrooklynVegan Staff (March 9, 2016). "Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval releasing new album, but first a RSD limited 7". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  20. ^ Minsker, Evan (April 19, 2016). "Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval Shares "Isn't It True" Video: Watch". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  21. ^ BrooklynVegan Staff (April 13, 2016). "Tendril Tales is Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star's label; website launches, RSD release already on eBay". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  22. ^ Geslani, Michelle (March 28, 2016). "Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions prep first album in seven years". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  23. ^ Sacher, Andrew (August 22, 2016). "Kurt Vile sings on new Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions single". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  24. ^ Monroe, Jazz (March 29, 2016). "Psychic Ills Announce New Album Inner Journey Out, Share Hope Sandoval Collaboration "I Don't Mind"". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  25. ^ Barnes, Shane (March 29, 2016). "Listen to Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval on new Psychic Ills track". Flavorwire. Flavorpill Media. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  26. ^ Yoo, Noah; Monroe, Jazz (July 29, 2016). "Massive Attack Release "Come Near Me" New Video, Plus Hope Sandoval Collaboration". Pitchfork. Condé Nast. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  27. ^ Josephs, Brian (July 29, 2016). "Massive Attack Release the Brooding 'Come Near Me' and 'The Spoils'". Spin. SpinMedia. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  28. ^ Kaye, Ben (August 9, 2016). "Cate Blanchett stars in Massive Attack and Hope Sandoval's video for "The Spoils" — watch". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  29. ^ Rettig, James (December 11, 2018). "Mercury Rev & Hope Sandoval – "Big Boss Man" (Bobbie Gentry Cover)". Stereogum.
  30. ^ "LiveDC: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions @ Sixth & I". Brightest Young Things. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  31. ^ McLaughlin, Moira E. (October 9, 2009). "Profile of Enigmatic Singer Hope Sandoval". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  32. ^ "The Official Website of Hope Sandoval – Collaborations with other artists". HopeSandoval.com. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  33. ^ Helman, Peter (October 12, 2021). "Elizabeth Hart – "I'll Walk With You" (Feat. Hope Sandoval)". Stereogum. Retrieved October 14, 2021.

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