Belfast, County Antrim
Formed in a Belfast bedroom by rural Mid-Ulster's Brian Coney and brothers Stevie & Jake Lennox, Junk Drawer's idiosyncratic brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies. They're driven by the contrast of near-telepathic harmony and discordance that comes from a sibling creative rivalry at the helm, as well as the overbearing self-awareness and obsession to detail that could emanate only from a bunch of musicologists & music journalists.
Mining influence from the uncompromising touchstones of the last half-century - notably indie rock, psychedelia, slowcore, post-punk and Krautrock - their fluidity of instrumentation and understanding of the avant-garde toes the line between pop-conscious and artistically forward-thinking, without losing its air of experimentation and loose-knit spontaneity.
Thematically, fragments of each songwriter's point of view to add up to one unified exploration of the human condition and its drawbacks. Themes of anxiety, depression, epilepsy, sexuality, dysmorphia, death and social conscience seep into their lyrics & composition, filtered through their tendency toward self- deprecation and absurd realism.
Having made their debut supporting Jeffrey Lewis, who proudly declared Junk Drawer 'the best opening band I've seen in quite some time', they've organically made fans of US independent label Exploding In Sound, Slint, Quasi, and subsequently have been asked to support the likes of Built To Spill, Grandaddy, Arab Strap’s Malcolm Middleton, Jeffrey Lewis and ASIWYFA, in addition to being part of Dublin's Hard Working Class Heroes, Belfast's Output, Curfew and the final ever show at Belfast's Mandela Hall.
‘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.
With interest building at the highest independent & international levels, their debut album is due for release in Spring 2019.
"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