JUNK DRAWER release sprawling ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’ | ‘Ready For House’ album out April 24th

April 6, 2020
Photo Credit: Billy Woods

Belfast quartet JUNK DRAWER release sprawling, post-punk and psych tinged single ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’

Debut album ‘Ready For The House’,out via Art For Blind on April 24th

Having announced their debut album ‘Ready For The House’, out via Irish indie label Art For Blind for April 24th, Belfast quartet JunkDrawer are set to release the sprawling, opening tone-setter ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’.

Channelling the likes of PavementThee Oh Sees and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard  and more the four-piece veer between slacker-rock,post-punkkrautrock and swirling psych across their at time chaotic, at times sanguine sound.

‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’ is the one track on the album where both main lyricists, brothers Stevie and JakeLennox, sing lead vocals – a primer for what’s to come on the rest of the record, as Jake’s lucid psychedelia combines with Stevie channelling a hysterical, sardonic ‘state of the nation’ internal address that comes in moments of emotional volatility.

Stevie elaborates a little on the origin of the track: “The title comes from the Dunning-Kruger Effect – basically the less you know, the more you think you know, while the more you know, the less you think you know.’

The song also served as an important opportunity to open up on suppressed feelings with hitherto unexpressed candour: “It was the first time I wrote with a real purity of intent, allowing myself to let go of the irony, obfuscation and self-awareness that I felt obscured some of my previous writing, because of my complete loathing of heart-on-sleeve earnestness & sincerity.

I was suffering from a lot of communication problems ,epilepsy and brain fog, and I didn’t realise it until afterwards but it was an expulsion – as much of the album is”.

This combination of heavy personal, and at times indirectly political, material and the catharsis pushing against this is representative of the record as a whole, and a good direction for the hopeful prism through which the album is best viewed. Amusingly a more light-hearted and altogether more unanticipated inspiration comes in English daytime TV titan Richard Madeley…

“I heard Richard Madeley on the radio talking about his own books – his monologue inspired the closing line (one of my favourites on the record): “The twists and turns, the likes of which you’d find in a Richard Madeley novel.” I decided to read consumer reviews of his novels… it appears we are sleeping on Richard Madeley’s written output. A hulking goliath of a writer in the “holiday reads for dissatisfied spouses” genre, not one of his books has slipped under 4 stars – a hope that we couldn’t hold for our album.”

The four-piece have had a lot of acclaim in their native Ireland, becoming the first DIY act ever to win a Northern Ireland Music Award for Best Single, as well as live slots with icons in Mclusky, Built To Spill and Grandaddy. They’re also responsible for spearheading a community of Irish grassroots artists with vinyl compilation ‘A Litany of Failures’, which has become an institution.

‘Ready For The House’ was produced by Chris Ryan (Just Mustard) and is out via Art For Blind on April 24th. New single ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’ is out now.

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