The Islington – 3rd August
“I didn’t know there would be so many people in London who’d want to see me,” laughs Nashville’s Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, quite modestly as she begins the first of three London shows at the intimate and velvet adorned The Islington ahead of a slot at Hackney’s Visions festival (and our own pre-Visions party, of course).
She seems at ease, though, beginning on ‘Skinned Knees’ from last year’s debut For Young Hearts, beautifully replacing the whistles from the lo-fi recording with falsetto vocals. Playing alone with her crisp, emo guitar tones emphasises the honest and at times vulnerable appeal that has gained Soccer Mommy a loyal following in the past year, particularly for the hushed ‘Waiting For Cars’. Surprisingly Allison convincingly makes a cover of The Boss’ ‘Im On Fire’ sound a natural part of her repertoire.
It’s the chirpy ‘Henry’ that’s clearly a favourite, though, earning warm and quiet smiles all round. It’s a modest prize, but so far from home in these early days, it’s an important one.