worth a spin Patch The Sky (2016)
5 For a record ostensibly concerned with the death of a parent, Patch The Sky is a life-affirming collection of songs, swelling with the kind of euphoric groove that informed 1992’s Copper Blue. Tracks like Voices In My Head and Pray For Rain are concise, perfectly-formed blasts of anthemic hard rock comfortably on a par with the best Dave Grohl’s crew has to offer (which might go some way to explaining Mould’s regular guest appearances with the Foo’s in recent years). As usual, the pearl-bright melodies here smile right back into the lyrical darkness, exemplified in Hands Are Tied, a rattling joyride through Hüsker country that seems delighted to declare, ‘If you don’t exist/then you can’t be missed’.
Recommended track Voices In My Head