Dusky diva Hope Sandoval’s vocals are unmistakable on “Through the Devil Softly,” her first new album in eight years with My Bloody Valentine drummer Colm O’Ciosoig, her partner in Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions. The shy, Berkeley-based artist has kept a low profile, but she’s been busy, teaming with old bandmate David Roback for a Mazzy Star record and hitting the tour trail again. Sandoval — who chatted with O’Ciosoig in one of The City’s darkest bars last week — plays The Fillmore on Saturday.
Are you two a couple, boyfriend and girlfriend?
Sandoval: Of course we’re a couple. We’re together now, aren’t we? And Colm’s a boy, he’s my friend and I’m a girl. We’re best friends and we live together. But it’s a very big house.
O’Ciosoig: Uhhh … the answer’s no.
How do you disappear so well into the Bay Area? No one’s seen you for eight years.
Sandoval: Well, we went to L.A. for two years. And we had a blast. We didn’t want to go at all, we thought we’d be miserable. But we ended up having so much fun there. We moved into a really amazing new house and we had parties, parties every weekend, with old friends popping in all the time. For some reason, everybody wanted to hang out with us. But here [in Berkeley], I stay home a lot. Colm goes out more often, but I really like staying in.
How did you know it was finally time to record again?
Sandoval: We thought we had this album a year ago, but it was missing certain ingredients. But we had time to really think about it, because Colm went back out on tour with Kevin [Shields, of My Bloody Valentine].
O’Ciosoig: Like when you’re making a meal, and you taste it and there’s that one ingredient that’s not there. And when you finally add that extra ingredient, it makes it whole. So me going on tour gave us time to really digest it and add all the right things.
Out of all the artists I’ve interviewed over the years, you, by far, are always the quietest.
Sandoval: But I’m not quiet! Not really! I swear!
IF YOU GO
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions
Where: The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco
When: 9 p.m. Saturday