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Junk Drawer Share New Single & Video “Railroad King” – New EP  “The Dust Has Come To Stay” due March 11th via Art For Blind Records

February 22, 2022
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Junk Drawer

Share new single/video, “Railroad King”

Announce new EP  The Dust Has Come To Stay due March 11th 2022
Out via Art For Blind Records

Belfast-based art-rock four-piece, Junk Drawer is today sharing “Railroad King,” the second preview of their new EP, The Dust Has Come To Stay. This new single follows last month’s track, “Tears in Costa” which blew up a little bit for the band finding tips at Stereogum, Paste, KEXP, The Quietus, Beats Per Minute, Nialler9 and more. “Railroad King” comes in tandem with news of the vinyl pre-order for the new EP which is out March 11 through Art For Blind Records. The new body of work from Junk Drawer follows their tipped debut album, Ready For The House which found fans at The Quietus (landing in their 2020 AOTY list), Paste Magazine (Irish Acts to Watch 2020), Clash, The Line of Best Fit, KEXP, BBC Radio 1, 6Music and more.

 Railroad King commences its journey by showcasing this mighty array of immersive tonality and this captivating, all-encompassing soundscape that pulls you in. This infectious melody leaps from the guitar notes and the consistent beat keeps the movement and pace at this intensive rate. Junk Drawer have created this beautifully infectious ensemble, with this alluring vibrance the outfit craft this addictive atmosphere- a must-be place to embrace and enjoy.

As Junk Drawer continues to sculpt their expressive world, the journey shimmies in measured movements, from the precise build-ups to the intricate melodies which emit with ease at the most crucial peaks of the track. Once again, Junk Drawer creates this mighty arrangement oozing such warm tones and essential harmonies. This outfit capture a real essence of adventure within their compositions.

Recorded with Chris Ryan (Just Mustard, NewDad, Robocobra Quartet), “Railroad King” signposts another exciting release from Junk Drawer who are made up of four multi-instrumentalists: brothers, Stevie Lennox and Jake Lennox, Brian Coney and Rory Dee. The new single really turns the dial on the 60s-inspired garage-rock tones of the quartet who frequently turn to their crate-digging sensibilities for inspiration: Deerhoof, The Cleaners From Venus, Spacemen 3, Ween, Richard Dawson and Television. It’s a sound that aims to create pocket symphonies that pull in different directions while never being afraid to make left turns or harness the band’s idiosyncrasies. “Railroad King” marks a lovely sidestep from “Tears in Costa” finding dancing guitar lines cut with twisting percussion and Jake and Stevie Lennox’s dual vocals.

Speaking about the new single, Jake says: “I’d written the lyrics to this song before I’d realised I was on the autistic spectrum, but the lyrics made total sense once the realisation hit. It’s about not wanting to be away from the public world, adventuring happily with my imagination; walking by myself and making up songs etc. It also references the autistic feeling of feeling like my body is just a vessel that I want to ‘zip off’ to be my true self. 

Lyrically, as I noodled through the main melody, the primary influence was Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Free”. During the writing sessions for the song as I was improvising, one of the repeated verses became “I just walk along and stroll and sing. I see better days and I do better things.” Folk music has always been my favourite genre and I always subconsciously bring in those kinds of songwriting elements rather than more modern rock formats. For example, this song has no chorus as such, but it has a refrain at the end of each verse that performs that function. I much prefer that style, it means I can play with the rhyming a bit more and I can add more words.”

Junk Drawer
The Dust Has Come To Stay
via Art For Blind Records
March 11, 2022

1. Tears in Costa
2. Railroad King
3. Suspended Anvil
4. Middle Places

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