Indie Rock’s Millennial Mommy

Soccer Mommy at Off Broadway
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If 20-year-old Sophie Allison was a soccer mom in real life, her kid would no doubt be a crafty yet vulnerable goalie, luring opponents into taking a shot to only then dash their would-be easy goal into a rather easy save.

 

A darling of Sirius XMU radio, her two most played songs on the indie college station are “Cool” (“She'll break your heart and steal your joy, like a criminal/I wanna be that cool”) and “Your Dog” (“I want a love that lets me breathe, I’ve been choking on your leash”) off of her debut studio album, Clean. With lyrics like those, how can one not relate?

 

The Nashville native’s project, Soccer Mommy is like that imaginary kid: equal parts vulnerable and confrontational…think a subdued and less scary Courtney Love with Hole.

What started out as a “doing it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp and Soundcloud” project has turned into something a bit bigger. The magic of Allison’s bedroom Tascam digital recording project grew into something a bit bigger and less intimate with her eight-track album, Collection.

Collection was life altering for the then 19-year-old. The acclaim and buzz Allison received from her EP gave her the confidence to be a full-time musician. She quit school, moved back to Nashville, toured with Mitski and Slowdive and was featured in a New York Times article “Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women.”

When I caught her at Des Moines’ 80/35 Festival last July on one of the side stages, it was evident that the rock pendulum weighed in favor of women—with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Courtney Barnett, Vagabon and Kesha on the festival’s mainstage (and not to slight Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, who was also unforgettable).

 

Soccer Mommy is poised for indie-rock stardom, and she’ll bring her emotional authenticity to Off Broadway on February 27th.

-Cory Weaver  

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