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 & vocalists fluid in their roles, they're driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the 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 up by their 'For The Cult Fat Guy' EP, which saw their first UK headline tour, as well as coverage and praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music, 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 their part in vinyl compilation A Litany of Failures Volume II. Their debut LP is due for release in October 2019, with first single 'Year of the Sofa' premiering on Clash Magazine - who described it as a "slo-mo guitar pop jewel". 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