Toronto resident Ben Cook is a guy who is not satisfied with being in one band, nor in two nor three. Cook plays in Fucked Up, is a member of the Bitters but today we’re taking a look at two singles of two of his other bands. Young Governor have just released via Portland’s Dirtnap what could only be classified as future summer classic in Cindy’s Gonna Save Me. It pushes all of my buttons with an infectious chorus and guitar solo that will have you thinking that the Raspberries have a new single out. Cook says on his blog that he wrote it about his agent who he’s never met, but keeps the checks rolling in: I know a girl from the other side of town, she’s slipping money into all of my accounts. If we all could be so lucky.
Maybe we are all so lucky, because another one of Cook’s creations Marvelous Darlings put out a single earlier this year on Plastic Idol that is nearly as good as the new Young Governors. Instead of going for the girl-group, sun drenched sound like the Governors do, Marvelous Darlings are more in the vein of Tim era Replacements. It’s a slightly different style, but no less effective. Cook seems to write in a number of styles and has band for each of them, good luck keeping up. I know I have a lot of catching up to do.