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Soc­cer mommy

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Nashville’s Soc­cer Mommy has had quite the rise over the last half-decade. Born Sophia Al­li­son in Switzer­land, the 23-year-old has spent the last five years scal­ing the in­die rock precipice – sign­ing to tastemaker la­bel Fat Pos­sum, tour­ing with the likes of Kacey Mus­graves, Vam­pire Week­end and Mistki and drop­ping out of New York Univer­sity to pur­sue mu­sic full-time. Since 2016, Al­li­son has re­leased two stu­dio albums, a com­pi­la­tion and nu­mer­ous sin­gles and demos that are all equally cov­eted by her ever-grow­ing fan­base.

Soc­cer Mommy’s pop­u­lar­ity is largely at­trib­uted to her hon­est, mov­ing mu­sic that mixes 90s al­ter­na­tive rock with hints of dream pop and more main­stream early-00s pop-rock, cit­ing the likes of Slow­dive, Tay­lor Swift and Avril Lav­i­gne as in­flu­ences. Her voice is re­lat­able for many who, like Al­li­son, en­joy DIY mu­sic but never felt like they were truly ac­cepted in a male-cen­tric punk scene. As her fan­base grew from her hum­ble be­gin­nings up­load­ing mu­sic to Band­camp, so did crit­i­cal recog­ni­tion. In 2018, Soc­cer Mommy’s de­but al­bum Clean made its way onto nu­mer­ous pub­li­ca­tions’ best of the year lists, in­clud­ing Pitch­fork, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. In what might be her most vis­i­ble mo­ment yet in the wider pop­u­lar cul­ture con­scious­ness, Al­li­son per­formed at pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Bernie San­ders’ Hous­ton, Texas rally in Fe­bru­ary.

Not just a tal­ented singer-song­writer, Al­li­son has the chops to match, hav­ing stud­ied gui­tar play­ing at the Nashville School of the Arts, even per­form­ing in the school’s swing band. How­ever, Soc­cer Mommy’s mu­sic is deeply rooted in Nashville’s bub­bling DIY scene – as heard dur­ing the sham­bolic, Stephen Malk­mus-es­que solo on sopho­more al­bum cut Blood­stream, for ex­am­ple.

Al­li­son is one of many young Fender users in the mod­ern in­die rock land­scape, and can of­ten be seen sport­ing Stra­to­caster and Jaguar mod­els, as well as a par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive shell pink Off­set Mus­tang. As for her choice of ef­fects, Al­li­son has been known to favour the DS-1 dis­tor­tion and TU-3 chro­matic tuner by Boss, along­side the iconic Ibanez TS9 Tube Screamer over­drive. Last year, Al­li­son was one of a num­ber of fe­male artists in­clud­ing Phoebe Bridgers, King Princess, Larkin Poe and Tash Sul­tana to par­tic­i­pate in the world­wide Fender Next pro­gram, which aimed to pro­pel ris­ing artists to the next stage of their ca­reer.

With a Fender en­dorse­ment un­der her belt, the fu­ture is look­ing in­creas­ingly bright for Al­li­son, who at the ripe age of 23 is not just an in­spi­ra­tional fe­male voice in mod­ern mu­sic, but one of the bright­est shin­ing lights for the in­die and singer-song­writer gen­res at large. Long may she reign.

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Words: Stan­bull Photo: Gett98 y

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