Pete Yorn

Pete Yorn new album andPlaying Manchester Academy 3! - Monday 16th April

By Matthew Tyas | 6 April 2011

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Pete Yorn to Play Manchester – 16th April 2011


“Yorn’s finest hour” 4/5 Sunday Times
“Melodic and roughshod, its Carver set on Springsteen’s mean streets” 4/5 Mojo
‘They say rock is dead, but nobody told this fellow” 7/10 Classic Rock
“Brilliant throughout” 4/5 Total Guitar
“Anthemic… music flowing straight from the open vein” Artrocker

Pete Yorn will release his single ‘Sans Fear’ through Because Music on 16th May. Yorn, who recently released his new, eponymously-titled album, has also confirmed a string of shows in May. Produced by Frank Black, the album is the follow-up to last year’s brace of releases; ‘Back & Fourth’ and ‘Break Up’ (a collaboration with Scarlett Johansson).

Pete Yorn, on guitar, vocals and harmonica, will be joined on tour by his band, Mark Noseworthy (guitar), Zak Schaffer (bass) and Scott Seiver (drums).

May Shows:

Mon 16th Manchester Academy 3 –
Tues 17th Glasgow King Tuts –
Thurs 19th London KCLSU –
Fri 20th Birmingham Library-

Yorn’s new album was recorded on the spur-of-the-moment in the summer of 2008. Yorn was working on material for ‘Back & Fourth’ in Nebraska when he got an email from Black suggesting that they record some tunes. Intrigued by the notion of experimenting with Frank, Yorn hopped on a plane to Salem, OR, where the two set up an impromptu studio. They recorded the album in a mere five days – even though the singer-songwriter-guitarist came down with the flu two days into the process.

“Frank didn’t give a shit about getting sick, so we stayed in the flow,” recalls Yorn. “He has an incredible ability to distill a song down to its core.”
Frank recalls, “Pete told me he wanted to better define himself as an artist. I think he just wanted to rock out. But as we headed down a path of realisation I stripped him down a whole bunch. We battled in the best sort of way. I tried to get the session into a fearless and raw place, and to his artistic credit Pete took his songwriting to a fearless and raw place. This listener will find his or herself sitting right next to Pete on the couch. And the record totally rocks out.”