There’s a reason I put Soccer Mommy’s Clean at the top of my ‘best of 2018’ list. The first time I saw Sophie Allison and co. live last February opening for Phoebe Bridgers at the Great Scott, I knew there was something different about the tunes, skating the line between something grungy and something folky. Not only is the band’s tone completely unique, but it’s Allison’s relatable songwriting that defines Soccer Mommy, singing of cool girls, toxic relationships, growing up, and more. Everyone can find something in the songs that resonates.
Brighton Music Hall was completely packed, an eclectic crowd warming up together on a 15 degree Boston night. Launching into the reworked classic Soccer Mommy tune “Henry,” the band’s steady grooves and signature guitar riffs reverberated through the venue. From the upbeat “Your Dog” to quieter moments like “Still Clean,” the audience hung onto every word. The set included songs off of Clean, Collection, and even an “I’m On Fire” solo cover. It was one of those electric shows of fans that mean business, as the crowd screamed out every lyric. Songs like “Last Girl” become an anthem, establishing a universal feeling: I can relate to it, my Soccer Mommy obsessed 14-year-old sister can too.
The highlight of the show for me was getting to hear “Wildflowers” live, the underdog of Clean. There’s something special about going to a concert alone and getting to hear your favorite song. I learned this lesson early in my freshman year of college, swaying solo at shows like Half Waif and Hovvdy. In a sense, is an intimacy between you and the performer.
So here’s my advice for 2019: go to a show alone of a band you love. It’ll make you appreciate the music and its effect even more.