Young Guv, aka songwriter Ben Cook, has returned with the announcement of his new double album GUV III & IV. The first installment, GUV III, is due out March 11th from RFC (and Hand Drawn Dracula in Canada) and it's an absolute power pop masterpiece. Packed from front to back with undeniable hooks and crunchy guitars, the record offers Cook's most instantly gratifying songs yet.
Young Guv has kicked off release with a bang, sharing the album's massive first single "Lo Lo Lonely." With its overdriven chords, stomping beat, and anthemic chorus, "Lo Lo Loney" is the kind of swaggering guitar pop anthem that would make a Gallagher brother proud.
Young Guv has been a long-running project that's allowed Cook (currently in No Warning, formerly in Fucked Up for the past 15 years) to explore countless different sounds and styles--from scrappy first wave punk to '80s influenced R&B and beyond--with the one constant being Cook's infallible knack for melody. But with GUV III the prolific songwriter has inadvertently created the perfect entry point for new listeners and loyal fans alike. The album is an expertly crafted celebration of big choruses and big guitars that packs an emotional punch amongst all the chiming 12-strings and harmonies. Written in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico under unusual circumstances, GUV III finds Cook tapping into physical and mental isolation to explore the unshakeable pull of human connection and the rejuvenating power of finding love in others and one's self.
Young Guv has a lengthy run of shows lined up in support of GUV III, starting with a US tour with Narrow Head in November, and then heading to Europe and the UK early next year. See full itinerary below.
Stay tuned for more details on GUV IV, also due out in 2022!
11/04/21 Birmingham, AL @ Seasick Records *
11/05/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
11/06/21 Nashville, TN @ High Watt *
11/08/21 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle *
11/09/21 Richmond, VA @ The Camel *
11/10/21 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
11/12/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus *
11/13/21 Cambridge, MA @ Hardcore Stadium *
11/14/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Foto Club *
11/15/21 Syracuse, NY @ The Vineyard *
11/16/21 Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary *
11/17/21 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class *
11/18/21 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
11/19/21 Lake Saint Louis, MO @ Sink Hole *
11/20/21 Memphis, TN @ Growlers *
11/21/21 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street OKC *
11/22/21 Dallas, TX @ Cheapsteaks
11/23/21 Austin, TX @ Yellow Jacket Social Club
03/23/22 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
03/24/22 Arhus C, Denmark @ Atlas
03/25/22 Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
03/26/22 Warszawa, Poland @ Chmury
03/27/22 Prague, Czech Republic @ Cross Club
03/28/22 Berlin, Germany @ Badehaus Berlin
03/29/22 Koln, Germany @ MTC Club
03/30/22 Paris, France @ Supersonic
03/31/22 Bruxelles, Belgium @ Le Botanique
04/01/22 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
04/03/22 Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
04/04/22 Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club
04/06/22 Liverpool, UK @ Jacaranda Records Phase 1
04/07/22 Manchester, UK @ Yes
04/09/22 London, UK @ The Lexington
* w/ Narrow Head