Soccer Mom is an indie pop/punk/shoegaze quartet from Boston. They released an EP in 2011, followed by a single in 2012. They’ve spent a lot of time playing shows in the northeastern US in support of some This is That Song favorites like Weekend, Whirr, Speedy Ortiz. Their debut self-titled album will be released on May 1 via 100m Records, which is a boutique label that is also home of Lizzie and The Yes Men.
I had never heard of this band until I got something in the physical mail bag today. On Tuesdays, the electronic mail bag always gets bombarded, but it’s a little bit rare to get things in the physical mail bag. This was a nice treat.
It’s sort of hard to really define the sound of Soccer Mom. There are certainly big walls of noise and lots of energy. Sometimes they sound like a 1990s punk band. Sometimes they sound like a shoegaze band. Sometimes they sound like something else. Perhaps it’s because of the singer’s voice, but I can’t help but use Boston icons Buffalo Tom as a reference point. Listening to tonight’s song, I’m very much reminded of Buffalo Tom’s seminal 1990 album Birdbrain.
This is that song:
Beyond the heavy wall of guitar, there’s a bit of pop jangle in one of the guitars. There’s also some very nifty backing vocals by Deborah Warfield, who is a current member of The Swirlies. And for just a little bit, tonight’s song has a bit of the noise sensibilities of The Swirlies. In particular, the bit from 4:02 on. The heavy guitar drops out and we get a wave of heavily affected and heavily fed back guitar. I really love that coda. It makes an already great song even better.
When the album comes out on May 1, you should buy a copy.