VIDEO PREMIERE: Mishka Shubaly – ‘Destructible’ – Watch Now

When We Were Animals is the new full-length album from singer, songwriter, bestselling Kindle Singles author and storyteller Mishka Shubaly, due June 2nd, (vinyl, CD and digital) on Widemouth Records. Special guests including Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), Adrian Grenier (Entourage) and Star Anna feature on Shubaly’s funniest, grimiest, most acidic collection of story-songs to date. XS Noize is pleased to premiere the fantastic video for ‘Destructible’ from the album – check it out below.

Animals was recorded in a state of quasi-homelessness between motel rooms, couches, an unheated trailer and housesitting for friends during one of the most run-and-gun times in Shubaly’s adult life. Astonishingly, this didn’t result in a sketchy, edgy mess, but a lavish production, his first just-might-be-a-classic record.

Check out the XS Noize exclusive premiere of ‘Destructible’ – BELOW:

Lyrically, Animals is about the aftermath: the end of love, the hangover, the comedown, life after addiction. Despite or perhaps because of the dark material, the record still crackles with black humour, a brutal sort of tenderness, and defiant fire. A scene we return to again and again is two lonely desperate people doing lonely desperate things together… and bringing out the absolute worst in each other. Shubaly’s preferred love is one that leaves scars, many of them self-inflicted. On this record, Shubaly zeroes in on his connections with the opposite sex in an uncomfortable moral growth spurt. “I’ll identify as a recovering misogynist working hard to support feminism,” Shubaly says. “This record shows some personal shortcomings in high relief. That’s by design— it’s time for us to call ourselves out.” For that alone, in our 2018 landscape where soap-boxers are more apt to point fingers online than to examine, expose and excise their own harmful impulses, Animals is an achievement.

Special guests on When We Were Animals include Cait O’Riordan (The Pogues), Adrian Grenier (Entourage), Bill Whitten (Grand Mal) and Star Anna. More than on any other record, Shubaly delivers the pitch-black humour that gained him a devoted international following laced into an intoxicating new sound, cast and crew.

In 2011, Shubaly began publishing a series of mini-memoirs via Amazon Kindle Singles (six #1 bestsellers, more than 200,000 copies sold in five different languages). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote the foreword for his collection. His account of getting shipwrecked for The Moth was broadcast nationally on NPR and around the world. Shubaly’s full-length memoir I Swear I’ll Make it Up to You (Hachette) was published in 2016 and has garnered praise from The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Brooklyn Magazine. His roadwork— 145 shows in 5 countries last year— has won him accolades from Portland, OR to New York and the UK. His writing workshop at Yale has been hailed by students as ‘transformative.’

 

Mishka Shubaly UK Tour Dates

Saturday 9th June

Hairy Dog, Derby (matinee show)

www.hairydogderby.co.uk

Saturday 9th June

The Castle Hotel, Manchester

www.thecastlehotel.info

Tuesday 12th June

Al’s Dime Bar, Bradford

www.alsdimebar.com

Wednesday 13th June

Raynor Lounge @ Bar One, Sheffield

https://su.sheffield.ac.uk

Thursday 14th June

O2 Academy 2, Newcastle

www.academymusicgroup.com

Saturday 16th June

13th Note, Glasgow

www.13thnote.co.uk

Sunday 17th June

Santiago’s, Leeds

www.facebook.com/santiagobarleeds/

Monday 18thJune

The Bell Inn, Bath

with Glenn Wool

www.thebellinnbath.co.uk

Tuesday 19th June

The Louisiana, Bristol

www.thelouisiana.net

Wednesday 20th June

Clwb ifor Bach, Cardiff

https://clwb.net

Thursday 21st June

Watering Hole, Perranporth

www.thewateringhole.co.uk

Friday 22nd June

The Underground, Plymouth

www.facebook.com/undergroundvenue/

Saturday 23rd June

Cheese & Grain Festival, Frome

www.cheeseandgrain.com

Sunday 24th June

Katie Firzgerald’s, Stourbridge

wwwkatiefitzgeralds.moonfruit.com

Thursday 28th June

Slaughtered Lamb, London

with Glenn Wool

www.theslaughteredlambpub.com

Sunday 1st July

The Prince Albert, Brighton

www.facebook.com/ThePrinceAlbert/

Monday 2nd July

The Cloth Hall, Smarden

Tuesday 3rd July

Kansas Smitty’s, London

www.kansasmittys.com

Wednesday 4th July

The Cellar, Oxford

https://cellaroxford.co.uk

Thursday 5th July

The Portland, Cambridge 

www.theportlandarms.co.uk/wp/

Friday 6th July

Rowbarge, Guildford

www.therowbargeguildford.com/index

Saturday 7th July

The Brass Monkey, Hastings

www.thebrassmonkeyhastings.com

Sunday 8th July

Quay Arts, Isle Of Wight

www.quayarts.org

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