Soccer Mommy shares new single Cool
Soccer Mommy - twenty-year old Nashville native Sophie Allison - recently announced her debut album Clean, and now she shares its second single. Showcasing Allison's growth as a lyricist, Cool is a meditation on identity, on wishing to be someone else for a while.
"The song focuses on this other person who's desirable and cool, and it shows how sometimes you can romanticize the idea of being different than you are," explains Allison. "It comes from a place of insecurity and idealization, which is a feeling that hangs over a lot of the album."
Sophie Allison and her band will embark on a tour with Phoebe Bridgers starting this weekend, and today Soccer Mommy announces her biggest NYC headline show to date at Rough Trade on 4 May.
Following a series of DIY Bandcamp recordings and last year's Collection, Clean is Allison's journey out of her bedroom and into the studio with a full band and an incredible record produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey).
"I'd never made a full album before, just EPs and random tracks thrown together. I wanted it to be a lot more cohesive than the rest of the stuff that came before," explains Allison. "I wanted to make something that was a full piece of my life, that addressed similar themes and held together as a whole." The result is Clean, an album that presents Soccer Mommy as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity of her own.
Sophie Allison got her start in the local Nashville DIY scene, going to shows and hanging out with other musicians, though she kept her own songwriting secret. All that changed the summer before Allison left for college at New York University. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and starting releasing songs for free on Bandcamp under the name Soccer Mommy in 2015. A buzz began to grow, leading to live shows, a record deal, and 2017's critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation Collection. So Allison took the plunge - she quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, The Drums, and more with no signs of slowing down.
Here are her live UK dates:
3 March - Leeds, Headrow House
4 March - Manchester, The Castle Hotel
6 March - London, Moth Club
7 March - Brighton, The Hope
Clean - the cohesive record Allison dreamt of making - is a true step forward, a strong and mature album from an artist just coming into her power. It will be released on March 2nd via Fat Possum and is available for pre-order.