Junk Drawer

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Alternative

Location: Northern Ireland

Website: junkdrawerbelfast.bandcamp.com

Incorporating the imprint of post-punk, Krautrock and psychedelia, and based across the island of Ireland, Junk Drawer's intuitively loose and idiosyncratic brand of indie rock mines anthems from their crate-digging tendencies - drawing on post-punk, krautrock, psychedelia and art rock - reaching an unpigeonholeable, singular approach to creation & live performance. Featuring multi-instrumentalists & vocalists Stevie Lennox, Jake Lennox, Brian Coney and Rory Dee, they're driven by the inevitable harmony and discordance that comes from the sibling creative rivalry at the helm, and a fluidity of instrumentation that makes the band unlike any other indie rock proposition.

Following early DIY releases, Junk Drawer began to find themselves as eclectic pop songwriters with an avant-garde approach while writing for their debut album. Live, the band has supported acts like Built To Spill, Mclusky & Temples, and played Other Voices, Quarter Block Party, Hard Working Class Heroes, Belfast Output, and the final ever concert at Belfast's Mandela Hall. They have been played on BBC Radio 1, 6Music & Ulster, RTÉ 2fm, NTS and increasingly from US college radio. Building a loyal and rapidly expanding following from their engaging live performance and touring Ireland and the UK, the quartet seek to draw together musical communities across the island for the greater good; Junk Drawer have helped spearheaded the grassroots Irish music scene with their part in vinyl compilation series A Litany of Failures - the most recent volume of which sold out ahead of release.

'Year of the Sofa' 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. Debut LP 'Ready For The House' - also shortlisted for the 2020 NI Music Prize - was released through Art For Blind Records in April 2020, and has fully sold out its vinyl run in UK & Europe, despite lockdown conditions. Across eight tracks, the band filter their typically broad range of influences to deliver a brutally honest, yet sardonic exploration of the personal malady and redemption: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, social conscience, chronic illness and identity.
Met with widespread acclaim, it placed in The Quietus' Best Albums of 2020, and its quarterly Best Irish Music column, also receiving positive coverage from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, So Young, Nialler9, PopMatters, Gigwise, GoldenPlec and a Daily Mirror spread. Following the release of ‘Ready For The House’, Junk Drawer were named by US-based PASTE Magazine as one of 2020's 13 Irish Acts to Watch.
With Help Musicians support we'll be creating a high-quality video for our next single, 'Tears In Costa' alongside acclaimed videographer Graham Patterson. This will be accompanied by a thorough press campaign, including print via Prescription PR, and radio plugging by Obscene Strategies, both of whom are top of their field in our style of post-punk & indie rock.