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The Cold Desert / Press

“The Cold Desert began as a solo project in 2008, with Klassen attempting to play five instruments himself as a gimmick (he can play “six or seven with some level of ability”). After playing with a “revolving door of whoever wanted to play with me,” Klassen finalized the lineup this year, with Jason Stromberg on bass, Jared Kaiser on drums and Cody Nelson as the band’s multi-instrumentalist. They have performed alongside Future of Forestry, Eastern Conference Champions and Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. Their crowning achievement, Klassen says, is their debut EP, “Four Doors.” They recorded it this spring in Hollywood with producer Chris Franz. “We needed someone outside of us to listen to our music critically,” Klassen says. “Being able to focus purely on music was a great experience. ‘Four Doors’ is what we have to show for it, and I think that’s a hell of a lot.” The EP’s title reflects the diversity of its four tracks.”