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.
'Year of the Sofa' (described as a 'slo-mo guitar pop jewel' by CLASH) won Best Single at the NI Music Prize 2019, making Junk Drawer the first DIY band to take home a prize at the annual ceremony. Junk Drawer have been played by the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6Music & Ulster, RTÉ 2fm, 98fm and featured in So Young, CLASH Magazine, PopMatters, Nialler9, Hot Press,a nd more. They have supported acts like Built To Spill, Mclusky & Temples, and played Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes & Belfast Output. 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 - the third volume of which comes out July 2020.
Their debut LP, 'Ready For The House' came out on April 24, 2020 through Art For Blind Records to widespread acclaim. 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.
"An indulgent and affecting release, it is empowering in its candidness" - 8/10 for 'Ready For The House' on The Line of Best Fit
"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'
“Mixing the influence of Pavement with kraut and post-punk à-la Fat White Family, Junk Drawer show how to move on in style from neo-psych, with ethereal and lysergic vibes. Try to picture Oh Sees or King Gizzard going down Squid’s route.” - So Young Magazine
“Junk Drawer transition from slacker to punk and on to doom psych with astonishing ease. A debut brimming with colossal post-punk bangers” - 8/10 on Gigwise
“Excellent krautrock-meets-post-punk. Hypnotic, swirling droning grooves that captures that slow, suffocating feeling of creeping anxiety, like sand, slowly filling an empty room.” - PopMatters
"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
"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
"'Do you ever think about existence, Adrian' rules!" - Exploding In Sound Records