Soccer Mommy: “I wanted there to be this mix of evil and light”

Soccer Mommy. Credit: Sophie Hur
(Image credit: Sophie Hur)

The first two Soccer Mommy albums, 2018’s Clean and 2020’s Color Theory, drew inspiration from the emo and pop-rock greats of the mid ‘90s through to the early ‘00s. But in her fierce determination to keep reinventing herself, Sophie Allison skipped over the ‘10s and the present day entirely, setting LP3 somewhere in the very distant future. Sometimes, Forever is an experimental and ambitious record, ebbing and flowing from cruisy pop jams to gothic alt-rock sizzlers. Like its title suggests, it’s a record defined by contrasts, where Allison leaps from one extreme to the next and has a damn blast doing it.

Flanked by her live band and producer Daniel Lopatin (better known by the moniker Oneohtrix Point Never), Allison set about making Sometimes, Forever in a defiantly natural way – though it saw them experiment freely with synths and convoluted song structures, the band recorded most of the album live in the room, allowing it to blossom with a personality that would have been impossible to whip up in a program. It’s unmistakably Soccer Mommy, but in such a way that Allison’s evolution is palpable: she’s no longer the new kid on a sprawling block of indie-rock greats that blazed the trails ahead of her, but a great of her own creation, blazing trails for herself and herself alone (well, herself and her bandmates).

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…