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Belfast-based Junk Drawer’s loose brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Drawing on post-punk, krautrock, psychedelia, experimentalism and art rock, Junk Drawer are not an outfit easy to pigeon hole.
Featuring multi-instrumentalists & vocalists Stevie Lennox, Jake Lennox, Brian Coney and Rory Dee, the band has built a must-see-live reputation, playing stages all around the island supporting Built To Spill, Mclusky & Temples, and performing at Other Voices, Spilt Milk, and Hard Working Class Heroes to name but a few. Their hardworking, DIY attitude is paying dividends, securing regular airplay on BBC Radio 1, 6Music & Ulster, RTÉ 2fm, and increasingly from US college radio.
A 4-piece band, but also part of a larger musical community, Junk Drawer have helped spearhead the grassroots Irish music scene with their role in releasing sold-out vinyl compilation series ‘A Litany of Failures’ which features many well-known artists from the island.
Winners of Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, their debut LP ‘Ready For The House’ was released through Art For Blind Records in April 2020. Across eight tracks, the band deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of personal malady and redemption.
Met with widespread acclaim, it placed in The Quietus’ Best Albums of 2020, and its quarterly Best Irish Music column, single ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’ making the Hype Machine Top 10. Junk Drawer were also named by US-based PASTE Magazine as one of 2020’s 13 Irish Acts to Watch, and we couldn’t agree more.
“A post-punk band whose album is not just a fantastic piece of slacker rock, but also a vulnerable look into the lives of brothers/lyricists Jake and Stevie Lennox” – Paste Magazine on Junk Drawer (13 Irish Acts To Watch in 2020)
“Written long before lockdown, it landed like a sardonic prophesy for 2020” – The Quietus (Top 100 Albums of 2020)
“An indulgent and affecting release, it is oddly empowering in its candidness” – The Line of Best Fit , 8/10 for ’Ready For The House’
“A slo-mo guitar pop jewel. The knackered pace is reminiscent of Galaxie 500, while the interweaving barbed wire guitar lines could be the work of Television.” – Clash Magazine
“Absolutely stunning. I love Junk Drawer. I’ve loved them since I first heard them.” – Stephen McCauley (BBC Radio Ulster)
“A debut brimming with colossal post-punk bangers” – Gigwise, 8/10 for ‘Ready For The House’
“It’s a real, bare-bones record, offering a candid and unfiltered view of the band’s own issues in a very relatable way, perfectly framed with eccentric, lo-fi rock” – Golden Plec, 8/10 for ‘Ready For The House’
“The most cleansing and restorative debut album of the year” – Beats Per Minute on ‘Ready For The House’
“Mixing the influence of Pavement with kraut and post-punk à-la Fat White Family, Junk Drawer show how to move on in style from neo-psych, despite not renouncing to subtly permeate the 7-minute jam with ethereal and lysergic vibes” – So Young