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21-year-old singer-songwriter Sophie Allison, also known as Soccer Mommy, has announced the Oct. 5 release of a new 7-inch single on label Fat Possum.
This year has already been highly successful for the mellow indie songstress with her early March release of LP Clean receiving critical acclaim, including a spot on Paste’s list of 2018’s best albums so far. Her forthcoming 7-inch is a throwback of sorts, with the A-side, “Henry,” coming from Allison’s 2016 release For Young Hearts and the B-side pulled directly from 1984: a beautifully reimagined version of Bruce Springsteen’s hit “I’m On Fire.” The cover was previously only experienced live and has therefore been long-awaited.
“I wanted to make a version of ‘I’m On Fire’ that connected with the sadness of the song,” says Allison. “I think that doing a more stripped-down version allowed me to make something that feels emotionally raw.”
Cutting away much of the original’s characteristic 1980s clutter and drastically slowing down the delivery, the single does just that. Allison’s haunting vocals bring an entirely different interpretation to the lyrics and more heavily emphasize any melancholic themes contained within.
Soccer Mommy has spent much of 2018 on tour, supporting acts such as Paramore, Pheobe Bridgers and Speedy Ortiz, to name a few. The singer-songwriter is scheduled to embark on an international tour next month, eventually returning to the States for a headlining run. Then, she can be found touring with Kacey Musgraves as a support act in early 2019.
Check out “I’m on Fire” and revisit Soccer Mommy’s 2018 Paste Studio session below, and find her upcoming tour dates further down. You can preorder her 7” single via Fat Possum here.
Soccer Mommy Tour Dates:
31 – Thornhill, U.K. @ Electric Fields Festival
01 – Salisbury, U.K. @ End of the Road Festival
04 – Birmingham, U.K. @ Hare & Hounds
05 – Manchester, U.K. @ The Deaf Institute
07 – Dublin, Ireland @ The Grand Social
08 – Liverpool, U.K. @ Shipping Forecast
10 – Nottingham, U.K. @ The Bodega
11 – Bristol, U.K. @ Thekla
12 – Cardiff, U.K. @ Clwb Ifor Bach
13 – London, U.K. @ Scala
14 – Ghent, Belgium @ Dok
17 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Oceanen
18 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Melodybox
19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Ideal Bar
19 – 22 Hamburg, Germany @ Reeperbahn Festival
21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Indiestadt
03 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
04 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lincoln Hall
05 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ 7th St Entry
07 – Omaha, Neb. @ Reverb
09 – Denver, Colo. @ Globe Hall
10 – Ft. Collins, Colo. @ Downtown Artery
11 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Kilby Court
12 – Reno, Nev. @ Holland Project
13-14 – Oakland, Calif. @ Treasure Island Music Festival
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom
17 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Hotel Congress
18 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
07-11 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Iceland Airwaves
29 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade Purgatory Stage
30 – Durham, N.C. @ The Pinhole
01 – Washington, D.C. @ Rock & Roll Hotel
05 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
07 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
08 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ First Unitarian Church
15 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge