Sophie Allison’s acclaimed indie-rock project Soccer Mommy made their late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night, performing two songs from color theory, Allison’s sophomore album—and one of Paste’s most anticipated releases of the year, not to mention the month—out tomorrow, Feb. 28, via Loma Vista Recordings.
The Nashville-based 22-year-old and her band performed two of the album’s four advance tracks, lead single “lucy” and third single “circle the drain.” Other singles from the record, Soccer Mommy’s follow-up to 2018’s acclaimed Clean, are “yellow is the color of her eyes” and “bloodstream,” the latter of which was just released this week.
Allison and company deliver confident, carefully calibrated renditions of both tracks, with color theory’s concept—organizing its songs around what Allison calls three core “pillars,” the colors blue, yellow and gray—carrying over into their performances through the lights and stage design. “I think we’ve gotten our thing down as a band; I think we’ve found the things that are us,” Allison told Paste earlier this month. “The last record, I didn’t really know what we were supposed to sound like, and I now I know what we’re supposed to sound like. I just feel like I wrote a lot more parts for this. Everyone had ideas for things that they could throw in and it made it really cool.”
Watch Soccer Mommy perform on Kimmel below, and revisit Allison’s 2018 Paste Studio session further down. You’ll find the band’s tour dates and the details of color theory right here.