Add legendary producer Rick Rubin to the mix, and the result is something special. Rubin, the cochairman of Yorns Columbia label, has worked with countless big-name artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the Beastie Boys. Rick was a great filter for me, because a lot of times Id go in to make a record and Id be all over the place, he remembers. Id just have so many ideas and too many songs, and he was able to help me organize it. He helped me pick the exact songs to record for the record, and he doesnt let you slide on lyrics at all.
One thing, however, has remained constant on all of Yorns albums: the influence of former Smiths front man Steven Morrissey. Ill put Morrisseys whole catalog on shuffle and listen to it nonstop, he says. Lyrically, I want to somehow get the balance of that in there. I just love his lyrics.
Fans can expect even more from Yorn, who says he has two additional records completed and ready for release later this year, thanks to a writing spurt. I think ones going to come in September, and I recorded the third one in six days up in Oregon with Frank Black [of the Pixies], Yorn says. He was the best to work with. Hanging out with that guy and getting to talk to him about life and the world and getting perspective was super powerful for me. It was the best Id felt in five years.