Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison on the Power of Songwriting
In this edition of Fender Sessions, watch indie upstart Soccer Mommy perform tracks of her strong sophomore album, Color Theory.
By Mike Duffy
For Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison, the call to be a musician came at a young age.
Now 22 years old, the Nashville native remembers going to a charity event at her brother’s
preschool when she was only 6 and finding a few instruments to bang around.
While it might have annoyed her parents at the time, who would have thought her childlike
curiosity would become a career - one that would find her touring with the likes of Vampire
Weekend, Liz Phair, Slowdive and Wilco?
“Playing music was always something I was really drawn to,” Allison said. “Like you do
anything else, I just did it. I don’t know why I did it; I don’t know why I wanted to. But every day, I
wanted to play guitar.”
Allison didn’t waste much time to put her hobby to good use, as she began posting songs under
the Soccer Mommy moniker to BandCamp as a teenager and releasing a critically acclaimed
debut album called Clean in 2018.
Since then, Allison has made waves at massive festivals from Coachella to Primavera Sound
with her dreamily melodic soundscapes and introspective lyrics, all of which come to a perfect
head with her latest album, Color Theory.
Allison’s rise to worldwide prominence is a testament to her penchant for songwriting and
“There was definitely a moment when I realized there was a following, but it was still so small,”
she said of her early days. “Even just having strangers downloading for free - like pay what you
want on BandCamp - that’s a big moment, but it started to feel like there was someone there
waiting to hear something new.”
In a new Fender Sessions set, Allison spotlights some of these fresh Color Theory tracks,
including “Bloodstream,” “Royal Screw Up” and “Circle the Drain.”
Donning a Fender American Professional II Stratocaster® HSS (in a striking Sienna Sunburst finish),
brings all the emotion and passion that Soccer Mommy has become known for in a relatively
short amount of time.
“I feel very attached to my guitars, personally,” she said. When you’re playing, it does feel like
it’s an extension of you.
“I’ve always loved writing more than playing any instrument, and it’s so easy to write songs on guitar, so I just fell in love with it.”