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The Skinny: Young Governor began as a solo outlet for Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook. Since 2009 Cook has released 11 singles along with two EPs, (a prolific side project for a guy who is already in a full-time band). While each release has varied in style and sound, they all carried that same intensity and pop sensibility. On Young Guv’s new 12” on Oakland, CA label Southpaw, Cook enters a legit studio for the first time and brought with him some of the best musicians Toronto has to offer.

Recorded and mixed by Steve Chahley, Canada’s hidden gem engineer and mixer and “nicest man on planet earth” according to Cook. The intention was to make a high fidelity pop record with heavy influences from Guided By Voices, Tom Petty, and The Replacements. After one spin, no one could argue, Cook has unleashed his pop masterpiece onto the world. Here is a free download of the Young Governor song “Heal Over Time”.