Young Guv in 2015
By Robin Ecoeur
Ben Cook plays guitar in both the hardcore rock outfit Fucked Up and Toronto based No Warning. But in his free time, he churns out great power pop tunes under the name of Young Guv. Here's the portrait of a man who doesn't seem to give much of a fuck.
"Nah, I don't think I care about Star Wars" says Ben Cook, already proving himself to be the ideal client for a Third Outing interview. He tells you what he thinks and what's more he doesn't seem to care about what other people may think. That's exactly the kind of spirit music needs these days. Young, experimental and fun modern sounds. So here's our review of 2015 with Young Guv on what has been an odd year. Terrorism, climate changes, migrant crisis...not that uplifting, is it? So instead here's a look at Cook's year and what his top tips of 2015 are.
"It's important for me to continuously and constantly express myself in some form or another".
Chimp. Pop. Hits.
That's how Cook describes his latest record "Ripe 4 Love" which came out last February on Slumberland Records to positive reviews. Back then, we wrote it might be one the best records of 2015. It's a shiny power-pop album full of beaming pop melodies and sparkling guitar motifs. The chimp actually refers to a particular sound developed by Cook's engineer. Together they have been dubbing the sound “chimp pop” over the record's release, referencing the SFX unit from the 80's that helped produce the record. 'The Chimp Box'. But despite all of the fun and FX, the record marks Cook's strive to create his own thing. He does not seem to have boundaries or even a deeply engrained, embedded sound. Take Aquarian and Kelly, I'm Not A Creep. Two very different songs, two version of Cook's world. An ability to produce catchy pop songs with a graceful swagger is evident, whatever style he chooses.