Hoop shares some favorite music videos and tracks for Impose magazine's Week in Pop, May 19, 2017.
"Hoop dished on being dubbed "soft grunge," the joys of the Discover Pass and the pitfalls of playing in front of cis white guys." Seattle Magazine, Band of the Week Interview
"[...] sonically indebted to the quieter tones of '90s grunge while thematically very much of its time." -Hype Machine
"[...] bass-heavy soft grunge with a faultlessly honest tone." -Elli Brazzill, Too Many Blogs.
"Although their retrospections speak of personal struggles – with debut LP 'Super Genuine' centering around abusive relationships from a femme perspective – they garner a certain composure that could soothe the uneasiest of chests. It’s an exhale of truth, that produces a consolatory vulnerability in the face of destruction." -Sammy Maine, Gold Flake Paint.
"[...] Foster stepped in to sing the song when Roberts lost her voice, underscoring the message of 'To Know Your Tone' to an eerie perfection. Hoop [...] and Foster work in tandem perfectly, complementing each other’s sensibilities with ease. The end result of their collaborative effort is both a tribute and testament to the very power of collaboration and the beauty present in asking for and receiving help. A gripping meditation on therapeutic connections, 'To Know Your Tone' is also one of the year’s most quietly affecting tracks." -Steven Spoerl, Heartbreaking Bravery.
"'Baseboards' cuts like a knife [...] it's such an emotive description of powerlessness and loss, a picture painted of a couple where one half is left completely in isolation through an abuse of (verbal or physical) control. Marela's outro of 'you hold me / in a way that / pushes me / away' only serves to highlight the darkness. It's a stunning song, beautiful and unsettling." -Andrew Hannah, The Line of Best Fit.
"The lead track from their upcoming debut LP 'Super Genuine' explores the intricacies and frustrations of intimacy and the consequences of sharing your heart. 'You had to tell me the way around your weakness / instead of finding the reason for your hardship,' sings Hoop, with airy vocals and layered harmonies. Heartbreak and hardship go hand in hand, pain and acceptance intertwine [...]"-Sarah Hojsak, The Grey Estates.
"[...] though [Marlin Spike] feels tranquil, Roberts is singing about a relationship that's anything but easy."-James Rettig, Stereogum.
“When I first saw Hoop, all that kept running through my head was a constant stream of 'Wow, I love this band.'' Caitlin Roberts, Leena Joshi, and Pamela Santiago trade off singing on the dreamiest friendship-bracelet pop songs, full of tender harmonies and magical guitar lines and introspective lyrics that tug gently on my most sensitive heart strings.” -Robin Edwards, The Stranger.
“Recently a friend hipped me to the confusing Tumblr style 'soft grunge.'' I’m still not entirely sure anyone knows what 'soft grunge' means, but the incredibly cool 'To Know Your Tone' by local DIY supergroup Hoop is probably the closest I’ve come to it. The contrast of guest vocalist Allyson Foster’s Zen cooing over the subdued, distorting guitar chugging below it is brilliant, and treads some genuinely new and exciting tonal ground. Check out the elusive group as it headlines a night opened by one of its frequent collaborators, the ethereal, vocal-looping Briana Marela.” -Kelton Sears, Seattle Weekly.
"Hoop has a nostalgic garage feel to their music with lyrics that strike home about the intimate feelings we experience throughout every day life and in relationships by way of fuzzy guitars and beautiful melodies. Expect to be swooned over by this playful but serious band." -Miro Justad, Tom Tom Magazine.
Two-page spread and interview in Tom Tom Magazine Issue 27: Loud.
"The quartet Hoop celebrate an egalitarian approach to songwriting and art. Their solo release, Dream Split, is a split with Gar Pal. Only, Gar Pal includes all the members of Hoop. Drummer and vocalist Leena Joshi also includes a spoken word piece on the record. On the Hoop recordings, each member shares the vocals alongside their instrumental duties. Not only does this keep the music diverse, but it also exemplifies the importance of giving every woman a voice – quite literally." -Dusty Henry, Pre/Amp.
“I usually only listen to metal, but I am really into this band.” -Some Sound Guy