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SiriusXM has shared a Soccer Mommy cover of the Cars’ “Drive.” She recorded it for SiriusXMU Sessions during a February visit to the satellite radio network’s Los Angeles studio. Check it out below.

It’s the first professional recording of Sophie Allison’s ‘Drive’ cover, after a fan recording from a February performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood circulated on YouTube. The performance may have been shot on the same day, as Allison is wearing the same outfit.

Soccer Mommy real name Sophie Allison recently shared a series of videos for her song “crawling in my skin” featuring 8-bit renderings of a handful of cities that she was scheduled to visit on her now-postponed tour for her album color theory. After the postponement, she donated the proceeds from sales of a t-shirt and poster to her crew.

Soccer Mommy perform’s her cover of “Drive” live at SiriusXM.

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Tiny Desk Concerts are stripped down sets recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. But as with everything else, adjustments have been made to account for COVID-19 and now NPR have launched a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, with artists performing from home under quarantine. The first participant is Soccer Mommy (the project of Nashville native Sophie Allison), who performs three songs solo on acoustic guitar: “Bloodstream,” “Circle the Drain,” and “Royal Screw Up.” .

Soccer Mommy released her new album, “color theory”, in February via Loma Vista. Color theory is the follow-up to Allison’s debut full-length album, Clean, released in 2018 via Fat Possum.  Gabe Wax produced the album (he also produced Clean), which was written on tour and recorded in Nashville at Alex The Great. Lars Stalfors mixed the album, which features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recordings for the first time.

On Monday March 30th, Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, was to perform a long awaited Tiny Desk concert at my desk. Now the world has changed, and with the coronavirus keeping us at a distance, we’re taking a break from filming Tiny Desks at the office for a while. Sophie wanted to share her music and her thoughts with you. So we’re kicking off our Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts series with Soccer Mommy from her home in Nashville.

SET LIST:
“Bloodstream”
“Circle the Drain”
“Royal Screw Up”

The album titles and song titles are all intended to be written in lowercase. color theory also features two songs Soccer Mommy first shared in 2019. In November she shared a seven-minute long “yellow is the color of her eyes,” via a video for the track directed by Alex Ross Perry . “yellow is the color of her eyes” featured Mary Lattimore on harp and followed “lucy,” another new song . When the album was announced in January, Soccer Mommy shared the first single from it, “circle the drain,”

Then Soccer Mommy shared another song from the album, album opener “bloodstream,” via a Bella Clark-directed animated video.

A previous press release had this to say about color theory: “Confronting the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued Allison since pre-pubescence, color theory explores three central themes: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and, finally, grey, representing darkness, emptiness and loss.

Allison had this to say about the album in the previous press release: “I wanted the experience of listening to color theory to feel like finding a dusty old cassette tape that has become messed up over time, because that’s what this album is: an expression of all the things that have slowly degraded me personally. The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying.”

In December Soccer Mommy shared another new song, “Feed,” that’s not found on color theory. It is instead taken from the soundtrack to the horror film The Turning, which is a more modern version of Henry James’1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw. The soundtrack came out on January 24th, 2020 via KRO/Sony Music Masterworks, the same day as the film.

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For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, “color theory” is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. Wise beyond her years, Allison is a songwriter capable of capturing the fleeting moments of bliss that make an embattled existence temporarily beautiful. With color theory, Allison’s fraught past becomes a lens through which we might begin to understand what it means to be resilient.

color theory is awash with a lush landscape of guitar strums and rustled distortion and Alison’s down to earth vocals. It’s part 90’s pop, contemporary songwriters like Sasami and Weyes Blood and Alison’s pop-punk past.

Soccer Mommy is the project of 22 year old Sophie Allison. The Nashville native hit the music scene in the mid-2010’s when she was still a high school student. Now, on her second album, we are excited to welcome her to KCRW ahead of the release of her new record Color Theory.

From the old soul/honest human department, meet Soccer Mommy. Her sound grazes the bottom edge of upbeat on occasion but her words are about deep emotions – fear, anxiety, sickness and darkness. I was taken by her willingness to sit in those feelings, talk about them openly and share them with a smile. Her sense of humor through the intensity made me love her new songs even more! Check out her standout performance of “Crawling In My Skin.” 

Musicians:
Sophie Allison – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Graeme Goetz – Bass
Julian Powell – Guitar, Background Vocals
Rollum Haas – Drums, Background Vocals
Rodrigo Avendano – Keyboardist, Guitar

Soccer Mommy performs the song “Circle the Drain” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Soccer Mommy performs the song “Lucy” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Soccer Mommy is announcing her sophomore album and follow-up to 2018’s groundbreaking “Clean”. “Color Theory” will arrive February 28th via Loma Vista Recordings, and along with the previously shared “Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes,” we’re getting a sunny new track today called “Circle The Drain.” 

Where “Yellow” was defined by overcast reverb, the sound of longing on “Circle The Drain.” feels more playfully nostalgic. “I wanted the experience of listening to Color Theory to feel like finding a dusty old cassette tape that has become messed up over time, because that’s what this album is: an expression of all the things that have slowly degraded me personally,” Allison shared in a press release. “The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying.”

“Circle the Drain” arrives with a video brandishing a dusty-old-cassette aesthetic courtesy of director Atiba Jefferson (you may know him as a character in the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater universe—or, you know, as a professional photographer).

“Color Theory” is out February 28 on Loma Vista.

Confronting the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued Allison since pre-pubescence, “Color Theory” explores three central themes: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and, finally, grey, representing darkness, emptiness and loss.
Written mostly while on tour and recorded in Allison’s hometown of Nashville at Alex The Great, Color Theory was produced by Gabe Wax (who also produced Clean), mixed by Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, HEALTH, St. Vincent), and features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recording for the first time, with a live take at the foundation of almost every track. The resulting album is a masterpiece that paints an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait of an artist who, according to 100+ publications, already released one of the Best Albums of 2018 and the 2010s, and is about to release an early favorite of 2020.
Releases February 28th, 2020

All songs by Sophie Allison
Produced by Gabe Wax