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 a kitchen sink indie rock 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 harmony & dischordance that comes from a sibling creative rivalry at the helm, as well as being comprised of music magpies and journalists collecting and sharing inspiration from all corners. They've been described as being a melting pot of guitar-driven '80s & '90s indie & alternative rock, krautrock, post-punk, post-hardcore, shoegaze, noise rock and psych, in the vein of Exploding In Sound Records, drawing regular comparisons with the likes of Slint, Pavement, Built To Spill, Parquet Courts & Sonic Youth. 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.
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' 'A Litany Of Failures' split cassette. In 2016, they released their eclectic debut EP, 'For The Cult Fat Guy', to acclaim in music publications & blogs in Ireland and beyond.
Their debut show saw Junk Drawer support Jeffrey Lewis - who proclaimed them "the best support band I've seen in really quite some time" - and they were selected to play support to Grandaddy & And So I Watch You From Afar shortly after, as well as being invited to play 2016's Dublin Hard Working Class Heroes showcase and Belfast's 2017 Output showcase & conference. 2017 saw the band tour the UK for the first time, as well as several Irish festivals.
Junk Drawer have received airplay and plaudits on BBC 6Music from Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart, The Tipping Point, RTÉ's Dan Hegarty as well as BBC Across The Line and Electric Mainline's Steven McCauley, amongst others further afield.
"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
“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" - 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
"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 on 2016's 'For The Cult Fat Guy' EP
“Purveyors of a wonderfully off kilter alternative rock in the vein of Pavement or Pixies.” - Overblown