Baby's All Right buzzed with anticipatory energy on Monday night (11/7) as the packed house waited for Soccer Mommy to take the stage. Hotline TNT, the project of Weed's Will Anderson, opened the late-night show, filling the room with shoegaze fuzz and indie rock noise. Their long, hazy transitions set the tone for a grunge-heavy night.
Sophie Allison and company took the stage later, at first fully backlit and finally illuminated midway through. After her first couple songs, she quipped, "You guys just love music here in New York, you just, like, love art more than other cities." The small-room set was fully charged, though; the band and the set managed to showcase all of the sounds that shape Soccer Mommy's dark indie, from moody '00s alt-pop to grunge to a mild twang of country--all bolstered by Sophie's confessional vocals. Onstage were three guitars, keys, bass, and drums, all of which dipped into fuzzy distortion and atmospheric noise from song to song and in between.