SXSW Review: Soccer Mommy, March 14, Container Bar

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Though Soccer Mommy were seemingly plagued by issues with the sound mix in their monitors, there certainly wasn’t anything noticeably off about their sound from an audience perspective during a Wednesday afternoon set at Container Bar. Live, the band put on a solid performance despite any issues as they ran through a short set dominated by songs off of the recently released Clean with some of the highlights including “Your Dog” and the somewhat Julie Doiron-esque “Still Clean.”

Soccer Mommy the band does not feature any actual soccer moms but is in fact the project of 20 year old Sophie Allison. It started out as a bedroom recording project before blossoming into a full band and while there’s still a bit of that lo-fi bedroom pop vibe in songs like “Blossom (Wasting All My Time)” and the aforementioned “Clean,” the tunes also have a fair bit of sonic heft and depth to them.

While Allison’s music has indie rock as a sonic touchstone and she’s stated that she’s taken influence from the likes of Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift, she chose a song from a songwriter of an earlier vintage to cover as one of a pair of solo songs she played without the band towards the end of her set – Bruce Springsteen. And even if it is one of the more commonly covered of The Boss’s tunes, her stripped-down version of “I’m On Fire” sounded absolutely lovely.

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