Belfast, County Antrim
Incorporating the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Junk Drawer's intuitively loose and idiosyncratic brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocals fluid in their roles, they're driven by the contrast of near-telepathic harmony and discordance that comes from a sibling creative rivalry at the helm. The Belfast-based band made their debut supporting Jeffrey Lewis, who kindly declared Junk Drawer “the best opening band I've seen in quite some time” and have since made fans of bands including Slint, Built To Spill and Quasi, as well as US independent label Exploding In Sound.
‘Their Self-Loathing Debut’ was heavily playlisted upon its release, followed by the quartet spearheading the DIY Irish music community and steadily building upon each Irish tour in their heavy involvement with islandwide independent compilation & collective A Litany of Failures. Summer 2017 saw the band complete their first UK headline tour following the release of their 'For The Cult Fat Guy' EP, which yielded coverage from BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Electric Mainline & Across the Line, Irish News, Nialler9, Rté 2fm & The Tipping Point.
Although 2018 was primarily a year of writing and recording, Junk Drawer helped spearhead the grassroots independent music community with vinyl compilation A Litany of Failures. 2019 will see the release of Junk Drawer’s debut full-length LP. First single 'Year of the Sofa' was featured on Clash Magazine, which they called a "slo-mo guitar pop jewel". Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a yearning, sardonic exploration of some stonecold classics: anxiety, depression, social conscience, chronic illness and identity through kitchen sink surrealism.
"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 on 'Year of the Sofa'
"Slacker, lackadaisical, almost disengaged...the perfect addition to an American roadtrip playlist; you can imagine solemnly bobbing along as you drive your beat-up convertible through arid flats and dustbowl towns." - The Tipping Point
"The best band I've seen in really quite some time" - Jeffrey Lewis
"'Do you ever think about existence, Adrian' rules!" - Exploding In Sound Records
“Devastating the world of indie music. Your next favourite band, we promise!” - Third Outing
"Fans of Pavement, Slint & Grandaddy, watch out" - Dan Hegarty, 2FM
"Absolutely stunning. I love Junk Drawer. I've loved them since I first heard them.” - Stephen McCauley (BBC Radio Ulster)
"Hits a Built To Spill-esque sweet spot between languid and muscular” - The Thin Air
“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
"One of the best EP's to come out of the island of Ireland this year. 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
|28 Apr 2019||20:00||The Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2||Supporting Built To Spill|
|24 May 2019||20:00||The Finsbury, 336 Green Lanes, Finsbury Park, London||First London Performance|