About Young Guv
Though Ben Cook got his start playing hardcore and was a vital member of Fucked Up, the music he makes under the Young Guv name leans in a decidedly poppier, always surprising direction. After launching his career with a raw garage rock sound, Cook steered the band in a more melodic direction on 2015's Ripe 4 Luv. He took an '80s R&B detour on 2 Sad 2 Funk, exhibited his love of pure power pop on 2019's GUV I and GUV II, and then took on classic jangle pop on 2022's GUV III. The fourth installment of the GUV series showed the breadth of Cook's influences -- adding in some country and psychedelia while proving he could take the band in almost any direction and still come up a winner.