In reviews for Fucked Up's incredibly well-received latest opus, David Comes To Life, critics seemed as enamoured of the bucketfuls of shimmering, melodic guitar leads behind Damian Abraham's growl as by the surprising, monolithic punk-opera structure. Those jangly licks and riffs are all over the new EP by Young Guv & the Scuzz, the solo project of Fucked Up guitarist Ben Cook.
Cook churns out tasty rock nuggets like butter, but (despite his renamed backing band) Young Guv strips away much of the grime and scuzz heard in his past work with bands like the Bitters and Marvelous Darlings and instead focuses on pristine, polished power-pop. It's the kind of stuff that was all over MuchMusic (The Wedge at least) in the 90s, but its higher-fidelity production values make it sound timeless.
Top track: Heal Over Time