Refrigerator's eleventh full length record, High Desert Lows, was recorded over a week in Omaha, Nebraska. Produced by Simon Joyner (who plays and sings on a number of songs on the record, along with members of his "Ghosts" band), the new record calls out to the more pastoral sounds of their Comedy Minus One LP with viola, cello, vibes, slide guitar & wurlitzer dotting the edges of nearly every song, a stark contrast to the loud squall of the preceding record Temple City.
The lead off track, featuring music penned by drummer Chris Jones, bends to barstow then bleeds into songs that skirt a number of counties from Apple Valley to Victorville before closing side 2 with a minor chamber orchestra & a vocalist shutting down the town. Twenty seven years on, and with all the original members (plus Daniel Brodo who has been with the band since 1995), the band is still improvising & communicating without bowing to commerce. The record follows a book tour by vocalist Allen Callaci from coast to coast for his book "Heart Like a Starfish" as well as two solo records by Dennis Callaci. The band will be playing a series of show in support of the record.