Justus Proffit & Jay Som
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
There’s a little bit of everything – garage rock, country twang, art pop – on the five songs that comprise Nothing’s Changed , a record showcasing the burgeoning collaboration between Justus Proffit and Jay Som.
Following the release of her debut full-length as Jay Som (2017’s Everybody Works – an album that landed on just about every “Best of” list imaginable) multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte re-located from California’s Bay Area to Los Angeles, where she soon found a kindred spirit in rising singer-songwriter Justus Proffit.
Though they had never played together before, when Proffit heard Duterte had moved to town, he reached out to see if she wanted to record a track for fun.
With no real serious intentions, the two began by taking a riff, melody, or drum beat and then building around it whatever impulsive idea came to mind. Quickly, though, these ideas began to snowball, and before long the pair had several finished tracks that they were eager to share.
Having recorded all her own material to-date, Duterte oversaw tracking and mixing in her home studio (in addition to playing bass and keyboard), while Proffit handled lyrics and drums. Together, they shared guitar and vocal duties.
Says Duterte, “I think we both challenged each other with each song, forcing ourselves to either stick to an idea or move on, and accept mistakes.”
Jay Som represents the musical vision of San Francisco singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Melina Duterte. Jay Som – a moniker that Duterte randomly found via an online baby name generator meaning "Victory Moon" – reissues Turn Into this Fall, a collection of finished and unfinished songs written, recorded, and mixed between March 2014-October 2015. Originally uploaded to Bandcamp last year after Duterte had a few too many glasses of wine at Thanksgiving dinner, Turn Into is an exciting glimpse of what's to come for Jay Som on her debut album in 2017.
Outer Spaces is the name of the electric guitar-based indie singer/songwriter project of Cara Beth Satalino. The musician self-released an EP under her own name in 2008 titled The Good Ones, which saw a vinyl release three years later by Bakery Outlet and Salinas Records. Meanwhile, her short-lived band Witches put out the album Forever in 2011, also with Bakery Outlet. The first Outer Spaces release, the six-track Creature of Nature EP, was recorded in the songwriter's then base of Athens, Georgia and released in early 2013. Later that year, Matador Records included the band in its Singles Going Home "single-of-the-month" series, issuing "I Was Divided/Eternally Fifteen" on 7" vinyl. With engineer/producer Chester Gwazda (Dan Deacon) on bass and keys, and Ben Salie (the Pinecones) on drums, the Garbage Beach EP followed in 2014 via Salinas and Stupid Bag Records. Reminiscent of confessional guitar acts like Waxahatchee and Palehound, the album was recorded in Athens and Satalino's newly adopted Baltimore, Maryland, as well as in Pennington, New Jersey. Citing Murmur-era R.E.M. as an influence, Outer Spaces' full-length debut, A Shedding Snake, arrived via Don Giovanni Records in 2016, with Gwazda in the producer's chair.