Junk Drawer: What I've Learned / What I'm Learning

Belfast post punk up and comers, Junk Drawer, will be releasing their debut album, Ready For The House, through Art For Blind, introduced by a series of notable singles thus far, the latest of which is the extensive seven-minute album opener, What I've Learned / What I'm Learning.

The new track cites influence from the fiction written by author, TV host and journalist, Richard Madeley, while musically it amalgamates a few different styles that vary from post punk to slacker rock, krautrock and psychedelia.

Lyricist and vocalist Stevie Lennox details: "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."

What I've Learned / What I'm Learning marks the only occasion on which Stevie shares vocal duties with his brother, Jake Lennox. The song comes with a very strong purpose, dealing with concealed feelings, honesty, emotional openness and their relationship with mental health.

"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," Stevie Lennox further explains. "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 realize it until afterwards but it was an expulsion - as much of the album is."

Ready For The House was produced by Chris Ryan (Just Mustard), and releases in its entirety on April 24th, 2020.

Artist photo by Billy Woods

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