Soccer Mommy—20-year-old Nashville native Sophie Allison—will release her debut LP Clean on March 2. 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 a 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,” explains Allison. “I wanted it to be a lot more cohesive than the rest of the stuff that came before. “I wanted to make something that was a full piece of my life, that addressed similar themes and held together as a whole.”
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 and shifted all her focus to music. She toured withMitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, The Drums, and more with no signs of slowing down.
And now with Clean, she has an album that presents Soccer Mommy as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity of her own.