What was the one thing you hung on to in 2020 as the room crumbled around you, and why was it Soccer Mommy’s color theory?

Nashville native Sophie Allison, better known as Soccer Mommy, gave the world the sonic salute on February 28, 2020, just weeks before we all started climbing the walls.

More than two years after its release, Soccer Mommy is bringing its dream-pop tunes to Florida alongside Peel Dream Magazine, playing Miami for the first time on March 16 at the Gramps.

“We’ve never done a headlining show in Florida, so we’re all really excited, especially for Miami. I think it’s going to be really fun,” Allison said. new times on the phone from Nashville.

The only Florida show Soccer Mommy ever played was a spot opener for Paramore. But this time around, she and her band’s guitarist Julian Powell, guitarist and keyboardist Rodrigo Avendano, drummer Rollum Haas and bassist Nick Widener will make stops in Tallahassee, Gainesville, Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville.

“It’s a common thing to see people on Instagram commenting on everyone, saying, ‘Come to Florida,’ she laughs.” Now I will see comments on Instagram like “Come to New York”. Come to California. I’m like, ‘Guys, you gotta let Florida have it.'”

The pandemic stopped color theory‘s, so the tour is late.

“It’s very strange for me, because I’m 24 right now, and thinking about it, it’s been two years since this album came out. I’m like, ‘Wow, I was really 22 when we pulled that out’.” Allison said. “When I started writing this, I must have been like 20. It’s always very strange to think about this stuff when it still seems so present. You know, just like playing the songs over and over again, it always feels like the freshest and newest thing because, as far as what you play live, it is. It’s very weird to think about the timeline.”
All that said, color theory couldn’t have come out at a more appropriate time, lulling fans through a year of sadness, confusion and despair with its honesty. For many, the album and its candid testimonies of mental health, isolation and family illness sounded like a musical version of a ThunderShirt.

“With writing, I think everyone should try to be honest and not try to be an image that they hope to be or try to mirror,” Allison says.

Allison Credits his close-knit circle of friends, family, bandmates, and boyfriend and guitarist Julian Powell as being in his corner during the making of the album.

“I have a really strong support system,” she says. “I feel like the kind of person whose circle is small and tight, you know? Honestly, my best friends are great, especially when I’m dealing with anxiety and stuff. I go really a lot with these people so I can get out of my own head. My best friends are still the best friends I’ve had since high school, some of them even longer.

“I just want to write the songs about color theory definitely felt very different from To clean.”

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The creative process color theory also helped Allison grow as an artist.

“I just want to write the songs about color theory definitely felt very different from To clean, Honestly, I feel like every time I write an album, there’s this feeling of growth,” she explains. “You especially get that feeling when you’re writing these new songs after living with old songs for so long. You basically get into writing a new record, and you have all these ideas that seem fresh and different, and it’s just very exciting.”

While recording his 2018 album, To clean, Allison enlisted the help of producer Gabe Wax, who would also help her with the production of color theory. To clean It was Allison’s first time recording in a studio alongside a producer. She credits the process of experimenting in the studio and working with Wax with giving her the confidence and motivation to color theory.

“My goal was always to continue to grow as a songwriter lyrically or instrumentally,” she says. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot in the jump between To clean and color theory. I wanted to try different things and go to different places.”
After the release of color theorySoccer Mommy has released a handful of singles and EPs, including “Rom Com 2004”, which dropped last year.

“Originally, when I was writing it, I got some questions about a sync thing for a romantic comedy movie, and I was like, ‘I can give it a shot.’ And then I wrote the song, and I really liked it, so I didn’t want to give it away,” Allison said of the song. “The demo just had a very early 2000s pop sound, like very clean and kind of not dissonant.”

After the release, British trio Kero Kero Bonito gave the track their own twist with “RomCom 2021.”

Allison’s passion for her craft has been omnipresent since she learned the guitar at the age of 5 with the aim of writing songs.

“I never wanted to quit,” she says. “It still feels like what makes you get up and want to have breakfast. It’s like the same thing; it was never even a thought not to go on.”

For Allison, having a traditional career or going back to college is not an option.

“Even if I didn’t make a career out of it, I could never not write and make music,” she says. “For me, it’s so natural, and there’s no stress when it comes to making music. Of course, there’s a lot of stress with other things. But, I guess in my mind, I never want to do anything else.”

soccer mom. With Peel Dream Magazine. 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; gramps.com. Tickets are $23 via eventbrite.com.