When We Were Animals is the new full-length album from singer, songwriter, bestselling Kindle Singles author and storyteller Mishka Shubaly, due May 2 on vinyl, CD and digital.
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.
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 humor, 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.