Belfast, County Antrim
Formed in a Belfast bedroom in 2015 by brothers Stevie & Jake Lennox and Brian Coney from rural Mid-Ulster, Junk Drawer are an indie rock/gritpop quartet. Featuring members of Sister Ghost, PigsAsPeople & Mons Olympus (amongst others), they function as much as a collective as a they do a band; each member is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, with roles changing from song-to-song depending on how they feel it should take form.
Musically, they're driven by the near-telepathic sense of chemistry & harmony that comes from a sibling creative rivalry at the helm, as well as four musical magpies collecting and sharing inspiration from all corners, including krautrock, guitar-driven '80s & '90s indie & alternative rock, post-punk, and psych. Lyrically, it's kitchen sink absurd realism about the human condition, with influences ranging from Jonathan Franzen to Stewart Lee, Marc Maron to Mark Kozelek.
Before their number of gigs could be counted on more than one hand, Junk Drawer supported Jeffrey Lewis - who proclaimed them "the best support band I've seen in really quite some time" - and were included in 2016's Hard Working Class Heroes lineup and Belfast's 2017 Output showcase & conference.
They've received airplay and plaudits on BBC 6Music from Tom Robinson - who also included them in his BBC Introducing Mixtape - BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart, RTE 2fm's Dan Hegarty as well as the BBC Across The Line and Electric Mainline's Steven McCauley, amongst others further afield.
Junk Drawer debuted in 2015 with the two-track 'Their Self-Loathing Debut (Mostly)' followed by their next single 'Song 3', which was featured on Little L Records' recent 'A Litany Of Failures' split. In 2016, they released their debut EP, 'For The Cult Fat Guy', to acclaim in music publications & blogs in Ireland and beyond. Having played extensively across Ireland, they plan to tour the UK and beyond soon.
“Right now, they are devastating the world of indie music. Your next favourite band, we promise!” - Third Outing
“Fans of Dinosaur Jr will dig the throwback guitar sound of their squalling lo-fi rock music" - Nialler9 (Irish Times)
"Fans of Pavement, Slint & Grandaddy, watch out for this EP." - Dan Hegarty, 2FM
"Absolutely stunning. I love Junk Drawer. I've loved them since I first heard them.” - Stephen McCauley (BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle)
“Their dreamy, gloom-tinged indie dips and dives on the EP, sounding like it was made by a band already six albums and a strained relationship with the alternative music press in to their careers. ” - EncoreNI
"There’s no getting around how infectious Junk Drawer’s music is." - TheLastMixedTape
“Purveyors of a wonderfully off kilter alternative rock in the vein of Pavement or Pixies.” - Overblown
"One of the best EP's to come out of the island of Ireland this year." - The Point of Everything on 2016's 'For The Cult Fat Guy' EP
"The actual music is a serious deal – it’s like the Horrors swirling around with the best of the American alternative scene in the early nineties." - The Point of Everything