Birdcloud / Mishka Shubaly
The Castle Hotel, Manchester.
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
After receiving an expensive MFA from Columbia University, Mishka Shubaly promptly quit writing to play music. He lived out of a Toyota minivan for a year, touring nonstop, and has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Decemberists among others. A narrative published in NYPress about his romance with an opiate marked his return to writing.
His three Kindle Singles for Amazon have all been bestsellers. He writes true stories about drink, drugs, disasters, desire, deception and their aftermath. His work has been praised for its grit, humor, fearlessness and heart. 'The Long Run,' his mini-memoir detailing his transformation from alcoholic drug abuser to sober ultrarunner is one of the best-selling Kindle Singles to date.
Mishka Shubaly lives in Brooklyn where he writes music and plays bass for Freshkills. He is at work on a new solo record of his original songs and a full-length memoir. He does not own a dog but he thinks about them often.
Banned from YouTube, booed at America's Got Talent, and lauded for their irreverence by a global cult following, Birdcloud's music has been referred to as the ravenous id of today’s commercial country sound. Nashville natives Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green have spent years touring dive bars and lavish theaters across America. Birdcloud is currently celebrating the release of "Singles Only," their greatest hits on double cum-colored vinyl.
"Much of what Birdcloud does is reactionary to what country music has
become — those dirt roads and the trucks that drive 'em — but also to
their experience growing up in the South: the obsessive religious
indoctrination, the caged racism... Those types of songs —
true-to-life, with a healthy dose of humor — are actually a
longstanding country tradition." - ROLLING STONE "Raunchy Country:
Inside the Genre's History of Comedy and Irreverence." Apr. 2016
“Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green of the Nashville duo Birdcloud are
completely fucked up. That said, we hope that they show up to every
fucking party we ever throw for as long as we live. They’re bound to
say and do things that are inconceivable and all kinds of wrong. They
will get loud and stand-offish. They would drive a car into the pool,
if we had one, they would get naked and they wouldn’t likely do
something that they’d always be remembered for. Odds are the nudity
and the car in the pool wouldn’t even rank in the top five most
memorable moments of the night, when it comes to what the two members
of Birdcloud are capable of.” -DAYTROTTER
"The mystery that animates Birdcloud’s best music is a dialectic of
identity, a cruel compassion... What it does do is give the loneliness
of an anonymous woman a couple of absurd moments to strut and fret in
your mind before disappearing once again into oblivion. Historically,
this is what country music has always done best." -VICE Noisey
"Southern Hells: Redemption and Ridicule in Birdcloud's America."