Sophie Allison, who performs as Soccer Mommy, brought her Touring, Forever tour to Minneapolis last night, only their second show of the tour thus far. A few days before, she posted on instagram letting fans know that “Costumes are encouraged” during her show, making it a special halloween-themed show for fans, while turning the band from Soccer Mommy…to Spooky Mommy.
But costumes aside, Soccer Mommy’s show was more than just a halloween party. Allison is touring behind her latest album released back in June titled Sometimes, Forever. Like many in the audience, I was introduced to her music through college radio playlists, and over the years she’s gone to play the bryant lake bowl, cedar cultural center, and went from the turf club to first avenue, tonight being her second headlining show at the club within a year. With that in mind, tilting the tour Touring, forever makes a lot of sense.
Allison’s set lasted just over an hour, featuring mostly songs from Sometimes Forever and her last album, 2020’s color theory. Highlights from the night included Circle the Drain and Crawling in My Skin, both from color theory, as well as a ripping, headbanging guitar solo on Darkness Forever, and a solo performance from Allison of Still Clean, from 2018’s Clean.
Soccer Mommy’s music doesn’t hold tight to a specific genre. We headbanged and shredded guitars to yellow is the color of your eyes and danced to the thumping bassline of Shotgun. And like the juxtaposition of styles in her music, the juxtaposition of costumes bouncing around in the mainroom seemed to really enhance the show experience. Seeing scoobys and powerpuff girls dance with devils and zombies seemed to just…make sense with this kind of music. So much so, that it’s hard to imagine a Soccer Mommy show otherwise.