Belfast, County Antrim
Incorporating the imprint of Krautrock, post-punk, and psychedelia, Belfast's Junk Drawer's intuitively loose and idiosyncratic brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. Featuring four multi-instrumentalists & vocalists fluid in their roles, they're driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm.
Junk Drawer have been played by the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music & Ulster, RTÉ 2fm, 98fm and featured in CLASH Magazine, Nialler9, Hot Press, Irish News & Irish Times, amongst others. have supported acts like Built To Spill, Mclusky & Jeffrey Lewis. Following the self-released 'Their Self-Loathing Debut' and 'For The Cult Fat Guy' EPs, the band spearheaded the grassroots Irish music community with their part in DIY vinyl compilation A Litany of Failures.
Their debut LP 'Ready For The House' is due for release in Spring 2020 through Art For Blind Records, with lead single 'Year of the Sofa' (described as a 'slo-mo guitar pop jewel' by CLASH) winning Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, making Junk Drawer the first DIY band to take home a prize at the annual ceremony. Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of some stonecold classics: anxiety, depression, social conscience, chronic illness and identity.
"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
"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