When Ben Cook joined Canadian prog-hardcore outfit Fucked Up in 2007 as their third guitar player, purists recognized him as the former front man for tough-guy moshcore bros No Warning
. Not everyone realized how long Cook's pop resume was, though. After No Warning, he fronted the Oasis-biting Surplus Sons
, then went on to form glam rockers Marvelous Darlings
and cave-pop duo the Bitters
. While I love all of Cook's bands, including Fucked Up, my favorite has always been Young Governor
, his solo project. I've lost count of how many genre-hopping seven-inches of his I've bought—the sounds he's tried on include Jay Reatard-inspired bubblegum-garage, 60s-flavored Britpop, minimal goth, and all-out raging punk. The quantity of Cook's output is astounding too, with no sign of letting up.
Cook recently put together a band called the Scuzz so he could start playing his jams live, and now he's recording with them. Today's 12 O'Clock Track is "Heal Over Time," a brand-new song from their upcoming 12-inch EP A Love Too Strong. It's an example of what Cook is best at: guitar-heavy power pop in the vein of the Replacements and Guided by Voices, brimming with excellent vocal hooks and undeniable melodies.
A Love Too Strong comes out 7/24 on Southpaw Records, and you can preorder it from their webstore.