Riding the wave of their recent success, Belfast’s Junk Drawer have released their new single What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning.
The song is the tone-setter from their upcoming debut album, ‘Ready For The House’, out via Art For Blind on 24th April 2020.
Citing influences as disparate as Pavement, Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; Junk Drawer’s music veers between slacker-rock, post-punk, krautrock and swirling psych across their at time chaotic, at times sanguine sound.
What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning sees the band’s co-main lyricists, Stevie and Jake Lennox, trade lead vocal duties. Jake’s lucid psychedelia contrasts with Stevie’s hysterical, sardonic ‘state of the nation’ internal address that comes in moments of emotional volatility.
Elaborating on the track’s origin, Stevie says “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 was also an opportunity to open up about suppressed feelings with previously 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 and 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”
Junk Drawer have received much acclaim in Ireland, becoming the first DIY act to win a Northern Ireland Music Award for Best Single with their song Year Of The Sofa. They have played with indie rock icons like Mclusky, Built To Spill and Grandaddy. They’re also notable for their involvement with the ‘A Litany of Failure’ vinyl compilation series.
For those in the know, ‘Ready For The House’ is a highly-anticipated record. For those not, check out What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning and mark the album release date in your calendar.