It wasn't supposed to happen this way of course. I was supposed to arrive home from New York very late on that Monday night, go straight to bed, and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to compose a full report of the NYC Popfest for Web in Front before dashing off to San Francisco the following day for more Popfest fun, and another comprehensive write up for this page. Surely I should have foreseen that these excellent intentions would inevitably backfire in the most spectacular fashion.
Or maybe not. I am now more of the opinion that Popfests are not necessarily designed to inspire comprehensive, and/or entirely objective journalism. At least that wasn't the case for me. Both Popfest experiences were a complete blur of giddy toasts/excited conversations with new best friends, declarative statements such as, "Oh this is my new favorite band!" (even though you knew you would contradict that statement moments later when you heard your new new favorite band, and overall it was about just having fun. It was about taking a long weekend out of your life (or for those of us that were very lucky, back to back weekends) where nothing was required to be taken seriously, and everything was there to be enjoyed. So it's with that mindset that I've decided to publish a list of highlights rather than a complete overview. And if the feeling only lasts as long as it takes me to write this series of posts, well then at least for that time each performance that I've chosen to highlight here (as well as those to which I will give honorable mention) will remain the best performance by any band, ever.
So with that said, there is no other logical place for me to begin my Popfest report than with the one two punch of Suburban Kids With Biblical Names/Springfactory who with their combined force (and the fact that both bands played both festivals) remain my festival highlights head and shoulders above anything else that I saw during either weekend.
I've found a great video of SKWBN's performance of "Loop Duplicate My Heart" in New York for our first video. The second video is Springfactory in San Francisco performing a song whose name I can't recall. If anyone knows please tell us in the comments section!