Life looks vastly different for True/False Film Fest headliner Sophie Allison (known on stage as Soccer Mommy) than it did last year. After releasing her critically acclaimed debut studio album Clean in March 2018, she has toured with Paramore and Kacey Musgraves, made enough money to get her own place in Nashville and stopped living off McDonald’s.
Growing up in the country music capital of the U.S. had a small but significant effect on Allison’s music. “I think there’s this kind of Americana, folky, singer-songwritery vibe that can get in my songs,” she says. Her songs dive into the depths of sadness, communicating relatable messages about heartbreak, disappointment and finding yourself in your late teens and early 20s.
Vox spoke to Allison to find out what she’ll be playing at the fest, so whether you’re familiar with the 21-year-old, you better get ready to sing along.
“Last Girl” from Clean
Allison compares herself to her current significant other’s “last girl” over a bright and bouncy mash of jangling guitars and upbeat drums. There are a lot of moving musical parts, but Allison’s clear voice rises above them to let her crushingly relatable lines shine.
“Still Clean” from Clean
Allison, accompanied by a melancholy guitar riff, wades through this track about waiting for and missing someone who isn’t returning. The drowned-out vocals in the final chorus call back to Allison’s early releases on Bandcamp and “kind of takes you out of the moment a little bit but in a good way,” Allison says. “It was kind of a break of reality.”
“Try” from songs from my bedroom, reworked for 2017’s Collection
“Try,” along with five other Bandcamp releases, was re-recorded for Allison’s 2017 album, Collection. This one details a chance romantic encounter. A groovy bass guitar perfectly mixes with some relaxed drums to transport you into this upbeat fantasy of what could have been from a passing moment. The songs on Collection are the first time Allison recorded in a home studio or with a band, which results in a more polished final product.
“Scorpio Rising” from Clean
Allison has said “Scorpio Rising” is the most personal track on Clean and one of her favorites to perform; it’s typically her set closer. Allison becomes distant during this moving song as she drifts through the end of a relationship.
“Your Dog” from Clean
This anthem about recognizing an abusive relationship and taking action is a fan favorite, setting its tone right from the start with the opening line: “I don’t wanna be your fucking dog.” ￼