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 PigsAsPeople, Sister Ghost, Mons & Olympus and many more, 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 the overbearing self-awareness and obsession with detail that could emanate only from a bunch of music magpies and journalists. They've been described as being a melting pot of '80s & '90s indie & alternative rock, distilled through krautrock, post-punk, shoegaze, noise rock and psych, drawing regular comparisons with the likes of Parquet Courts, Slint, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr & Sonic Youth. Lyrically, it's kitchen sink absurd realism about the human condition, and its drawbacks, with influences ranging from Jonathan Franzen to Stewart Lee, Marc Maron to Mark Kozelek.
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 asked to play support to Grandaddy & And So I Watch You From Afar, Hard Working Class Heroes 2016, and Belfast's 2017 Output & Culture Night. 2017 saw the band tour the UK for the first time, as well as perform at several Irish festivals.
The two-track 'Their Self-Loathing Debut (Mostly)' in 2015 was followed by 'Song 3', which was featured on Little L Records' 'A Litany Of Failures' split cassette. In 2016, they released their eclectic, sprawling - for an EP - 'For The Cult Fat Guy', to acclaim in music publications & blogs in Ireland and beyond, making fans of America's Exploding In Sound Records ("That song 'Do You Ever Think About Existence, Adrian?' rules!"
Junk Drawer have received airplay and plaudits from BBC Radio 1's Phil Taggart & Huw Stephens, BBC 6Music's Tom Robinson, The Tipping Point, RTÉ's Dan Hegarty as well as BBC Across The Line and Electric Mainline, amongst others further afield. 2018 will see the release of a string of new material, and extensive live cartography.
"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
“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
|6 Oct 2017||21:00||McHugh's Bar, 29-31 Queen's Square, Belfast||Shrug Life, Junk Drawer, BRØR & Mark Loughrey|