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Internet Crush: Soccer Mommy will make you think about life and get sad and stuff

Soccer Mommy is leading a wave of Bandcamp-based bedroom pop revolutionaries. With her debut album dropping on Friday, we spoke to her for this week's Internet Crush.

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Social media has changed the way we interact with our favourite artists. More than just musicians, they’re now personalities, people we can interact with on the daily. Now more than ever we’re aware that musicians are pretty normal people, they just have a weird job. Every week we get to know one of our favourite SoundCloud heroes, internet dating style, in our new column, Internet Crush.

If the new wave of neon-hued trap currently ruling hip-hop is best summed up as SoundCloud rap, then the new wave of guitar music should be known as Bandcamp pop. A broad spectrum of music, from the blues-tinged howlers of Yellow Days to the sad girl indie of Snail Mail, the world of Bandcamp pop is bursting with new singer-songwriter talent, and chief among them is Soccer Mommy.

Hailing from the city of the songwriter, Nashville, Soccer Mommy makes atmospheric rock-tinged indie, often on her own but occasionally with a full band. Her songs deal with everything from the frustration of being in your late teens and early twenties to the pain of heartbreak. After building a fanbase through Bandcamp and the Nashville DIY scene over the last few years this Friday she’ll release her debut album Clean. We caught some time with her in the midst of her relentless US tour for this week’s Internet Crush.

What’s the secret to Bandcamp success?
I think to do well on Bandcamp you just need to put out something genuine that connects to people. simple as that.

You share a tattoo with grimes – what’s it of?
I have a heart on my upper arm and I saw a photo recently where she does too.

Where’s the best place to go on a date in Nashville?
Smiling Elephant – super good food and a really cute place!

Who do you roll with?
Mostly my friends back home/friends from school!

Describe your sound in just a sentence:
Soccer Mommy is atmospheric rock that makes you feel kinda sad.

Favourite colour:
Purple.

Favourite movie:
Not sure – maybe Howl’s Moving Castle?

What’s your star sign?
Gemini.

Have you ever been in love?
Yep!

Have you ever had your heart broken?
I guess.

How do you deal with a broken heart?
Ignore it and try to move on / then wallow when I’m in a sad mood.

Last book you read:
Fantastic Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates.

First single/album you ever bought?
First single was either ‘Breakaway’ by Kelly Clarkson or ‘Fly’ by Hillary Duff.

First band/act you ever went to see live?
Hillary Duff.

Earliest memory?
Easter egg hunt at my neighbour’s house

What do you do in your spare time?
Play guitar, watch TV, and hang with friends.

Are you a morning or evening person?
Both!

First song you ever wrote?
‘What the heck is a cowgirl’.

Favourite song of your own?
‘Scorpio Rising.’

Favourite lyric?
One of my favourites is – “Just before our love got lost you said / I am as constant as a northern star and I said / constantly in the darkness / where’s that at? If you want me I’ll be at the bar.”

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