F*cked Up guitarist Ben Cook readies new EP from solo project, Young Governor

When he’s not cranking out clarion-call guitar riffs with Fucked Up, Ben Cook is immersed in his solo project Young Governor. In fact, Cook might be busier with Young Governor: He’s released 11 singles and two EPs since 2009. Cook is back this summer with a new EP, “A Love Too Strong,” recorded with a group of Toronto musicians he’s dubbed Young Guv & the Scuzz.

They’re giving away the first song, “Heal Over Time,” a blistering rocker full of bright, overdriven guitars, a taut rhythm section and a totally catchy sing-songy melody that circles back through your head after the song is over. It’s a punchy lead-off for the EP, which covers a surprising amount of territory over six songs. That is, if you can stop yourself from continually hitting “repeat” on “Heal Over Time.”

“A Love Too Strong” is due July 31 on Southpaw Records.

“Heal Over Time” mp3

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