SOCCER MOMMY RELEASES COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)
SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR ROYAL SCREW UP (DEMO)
ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION
COLOR THEORY + COLOR THEORY (SELECTED DEMOS)
DELUXE BINDER VERSION
"Let me thank Soccer Mommy for the music" - Bernie Sanders
"Her most fully realized work yet, the next step in her steady journey toward budding indie-rock stardom." - The New York Times
"Sophie Allison is unflinching in her depiction of depressive episodes and paranoia about looming death. She sets them against a deceptively sunny '90s pop template, staring down adolescent trauma with a tone that's both unsentimental and deeply empathetic." - NPR
"Indie rock prodigy Sophie Allison delves into darkness and vulnerability while maintaining the same dreamy, melodic drive that made her 2018 debut, Clean, so memorable." - Rolling Stone
"color theory feels dazzled with the endless creative possibilities of the studio...piercing and unpredictable. In contrast to its bigger and brighter sound, the mood is grimmer, the emotional truths darker." - Pitchfork
TORONTO, ON – November 13, 2020 – Soccer Mommy – a.k.a. Nashville native, Sophie Allison – released her triumphant and critically-lauded sophomore album, color theory, earlier this year, and today she surprise-releases demos of album highlights. color theory (selected demos) features early versions of singles such as circle the drain, crawling in my skin, yellow is the color of her eyes and more, with the demo for royal screw up receiving a new music video out today. Just like the demos, the royal screw up video was made entirely by Allison, who says, “I made this video by driving around and exploring a little bit of Nashville. Most of the footage is from my house or my favorite nearby nature spots.” Watch the royal screw up (demo) music video here.
Soccer Mommy also announces a special, limited edition Deluxe Binder version of both color theory & color theory (selected demos), which will feature a translucent blue vinyl of color theory, six flexi discs of color theory (selected demos), a handwritten lyric sheet, stickers, a pencil case containing pencils, rulers and erasers, all housed in a binder jacket. Purchase, download or stream color theory (selected demos) here, pre-order color theory (Deluxe Binder LP) here, and purchase, stream or download color theory here.
Soccer Mommy will perform a special show for Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage Anywhere digital series, and it will be the first full-band Soccer Mommy performance since the release of color theory earlier this year. Filmed at Belcourt Theater in Nashville, the performance will air at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 19 across all SummerStage social channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). The performance will be available to watch for two weeks on demand after its initial broadcast.
Following the release of color theory, Allison earned mass acclaim, with performances opening for Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, numerous headline dates sold-out months in advance, festival slots at the likes of Glastonbury, and her late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The album made it’s AAA Top 20 debut after release, was #1 NACC Top 200 for four weeks running, and debuted on the following Billboard charts: #1 Top New Artist Albums, #1 Alternative New Artist Albums, #4 Current Alternative Albums, #4 LP Vinyl Albums, #6 Current Rock Albums, #16 Top Current Albums and in the Billboard Top 200. The album is already appearing on mid-year lists, from the likes of New York Magazine’s Vulture, Rolling Stone, AV Club, Esquire, Stereogum, Paste, Billboard, UPROXX, and more.
Additionally, with touring at a halt for the entire music industry, Soccer Mommy has found remarkably inventive ways to stay busy during quarantine. Raising money for National Bail Out and Oxfam’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, Allison released a Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series featuring Jay Som, Beabadoobee, SASAMI and MGMT’s, Andrew VanWyngarden/Gentle Dom. She also joined forces with Actress & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who remixed two color theory tracks. Listen to crawling in my skin (Actress Remix) here + circle the drain (UMO Remix) here.
Combining her love of video games and performing, Soccer Mommy held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten, with 10,000+ attendees (who all had to make their own penguin avatars to attend). So many fans logged on originally that the game’s server *literally* crashed and the event had to be rescheduled. Soccer Mommy has also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series, and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. Soccer Mommy then embarked on another tour, of sorts: an 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to perform in on tour prior to lockdown.
EU Tour Dates:
2/8/21 - Koln, Germany - Bumann & Sohn
2/9/21 - Hamburg-St. Pauli, Germany - Molotow
2/10/21 - Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club
2/12/21 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
2/13/21 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
2/15/21 - Brussels, Belgium - Le Botanique
2/16/21 - Paris, France - Petit Bain
2/18/21 - London, United Kingdom - Electric Ballroom
2/19/21 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - The Castle & Falcon
2/20/21 - Brighton, United Kingdom - Concorde 2
2/21/21 - Bristol, United Kingdom - Trinity
2/22/21 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Gorilla
2/24/21 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Oran Mor
2/25/21 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Belgrave Music Hall
6/11/21 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
6/29/21 - Dublin, Ireland - Trinity College (with HAIM)
7/1/21 – 7/3/21 - Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain - Vida Festival
"her biggest album yet" - Vanity Fair
“At 22, Allison is sort of like the alt-rock songbook made flesh. You hear shades of the neat, autumnal sadness of early Death Cab for Cutie, the rawness of peak Lou Barlow, and the fearless adventurousness of Blur...the writing is always original, personal, and tuneful. This isn’t rock and roll revivalism; it’s proof the real thing can never die." - Vulture, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)
"...the boldest and brightest that Soccer Mommy has ever sounded, refracting the homespun indie rock of Sophie Allison’s 2018 debut Clean through the nostalgic ’90s and ’00s pop anthems of her youth and emerging with a polished new sound. This music, just like Allison herself, lives in the darkness without ever fully succumbing to it." - Stereogum, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)
""This year she proved she’s more than her influences, as Color Theory saw her move from stripped-down coffee shop fare into expansive, full band arrangements. Buoyed by searing confessions and a punk rock kick, it’s almost scary to think that Allison’s just getting started.” - Esquire, The 12 Best Albums of 2020
"color theory is an astounding feat of lyricism as clever as it is devastating, and Allison’s songwriting, production and voice are likewise orders of magnitude stronger than they were on Clean, recalling ’90s alt radio while pushing Soccer Mommy in galvanizing new directions. To call it an early contender for the year’s best indie rock album wouldn’t be an exaggeration" - Paste Magazine, The Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)
"...showcases a more confident and polished version of Soccer Mommy with an emphasis on the songwriting. The result is ten tracks that cement Allison as a star with a firm grasp on emotional and resonant lyricism." - UPROXX, The Best Albums of 2020 So Far