“I’ve played music since I was six,” says Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy), “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.”
All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation “Collection”. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”
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, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women’. The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, “Clean” (out 3/2). Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), “Clean” is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.
“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 for Soccer Mommy-a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.
“Leaning into the pet metaphor to describe her fury at being pushed to the periphery, she taps into a bitter punk attitude, but maintains a cozy indie-pop aesthetic: A charming, twisted guitar riff surfaces between every verse, and breathy multi-tracked vocals cushion the blow of her harsh words.”—Pitchfork
“so flippin’ good….a foot-tapper about feeling neglected in love, Sophie Allison sounds feistier, and better, than ever before.”—TheFADER
“a brilliant lyric about dysfunctional romance, and the melody Sophie Allison affixed it to may be even better….her vocal interacts with the music’s steady indie-rock churn as if bobbing in the current of a rolling river. As hooks (and leashes!) are meant to do, it carries you right along with it until you’re so beguiled that you’re willing to publicly identify as a fan of a band called Soccer Mommy.”—Stereogum
“It’s a song reclaiming agency and identity taken by another other person’s condescension, control and abuse. And as she makes this empowering demand for respect, Sophie Allison firmly establishes herself as a vital musical voice we’ll be turning to in the years to come.”–NPR (“Songs We Love”)
“pairs hypnotic indie-pop with an uncompromising demand for respect.”—PASTE