Our picks of some of the hottest new live acts.
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Soccer Mommy is the stage name of Sophie Allison. Born in Switzerland but growing up in Nashville, Allison has been making music since she was 6 years old when she first picked up a guitar. Growing up she wrote songs with no real intention of publicising them “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”
It wasn’t until the summer before she headed off to college at New York University did she sit down and began to experiment for the production of her songs. Recording in her bedroom and uploading to Bandcamp, her compilation Collection began to generate a lot of buzz and eventually landed her a record deal.
This exposure gave her the push to quit school and pursue music full time. She toured Mitski, Slowdive, Jay Som and many more until finally heading into the studio to record her new album Clean, released on the 2nd of March 2018.
“I wanted it to be a lot more cohesive than the rest of the stuff that came before,” says Allison, on her decision to record in a studio. “I’d never made a full album before, just EPs and random tracks thrown together. I wanted to make something that was a full piece of my life, that addressed similar themes and held together as a whole.”
Clean presents Sophie Allison as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity all her own. “It feels like my first real record,” says Allison. “It’s my first real statement.” It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation, and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. Clean is a true step forward, a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.
Check out her Bandcamp page here.
Soccer Mommy takes the stage at the Grand Social on Friday 7 October. Get your tickets here.