Listen to Justus Proffit’s Debut "L.A.’s Got Me Down"

Los Angeles-based Justus Proffit’s debut album L.A.’s Got Me Down was recently released via Bar/None Records to praise from Paste, Under the Radar, Brooklyn Vegan and many others.

L.A.’s Got Me Down follows Proffit’s collaborative EP and tour with breakout Jay Som. His debut album is a testament to the bleakness lurking next to the glamour of Los Angeles, where the space between abject poverty and untold wealth can be inches. Justus Proffit knows that world better than most, having grown up in the city’s underground punk scene. A lifer at 25, Proffit started playing in bands at 13, touring at 16, and running his own DIY space by 22. Living and creating on the fringe has deeply informed his work as an artist.

L.A.’s Got Me Down explores a tumultuous time in Proffit’s life, one punctuated by the loss of close friends to drug overdoses, a war with personal demons, and the more mundane aspects of being an artist in a city as notoriously standoffish as Los Angeles. A certain darkness permeates much of the record, but it doesn’t wallow. After his more subdued EPs, he had no intention of keeping the intensity down. “I wanted to come out with a rock record this time,” Proffit says. Listeners will undoubtedly hear echoes of Heatmiser-era Elliott Smith, and “Hole” recalls Nirvana’s “Dumb” in sound and theme. But the vision is singularly Proffit’s; he played every instrument as he and producer/engineer Alex Resoagli recorded during off-hours at various LA studios over the course of six months.

Justus Proffit Live Dates:
03/14 – Victoria, BC – Copper Owl *
03/16 – Reno, NV – The Holland Project *
03/18 – Oakland, CA – Elbo room*
05/26 – Phoenix, AZ – Lunch Box
05/30 – Dallas, TX – Transit Bicycle Co
05/31 – Houston, TX – Satelite Bar
06/04 – Richmond, VA – Gallery 5
06/05 – Washington, DC – Songbyrd Vinyl Lounge
06/07 – Middletown, CT – MAC 650
06/08 – New York, NY – Trans-Pecos
06/09 – Boston, MA – Lilypad
06/10 – Portland, ME – Sun Tiki Studios
06/11 – Burlington, VT – Hope All Is Well
06/12 – Toronto, ON – NXNE
06/13 – Cleveland, OH – Locker Room
06/15 – Chicago, IL – Subt Downstairs

* w/Pardoner
** w/ Alien Boy