HarpoonFest 2019 Spotlight: Photocomfort


With HarpoonFest coming up fast (Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at Harpoon’s Seaport brewery), Vanyaland raises a pint glass to the bands and artists performing all weekend long at this year’s festival. Get ticket info, a full schedule, and just what’s on tap at HarpoonFest 2019 here. And keep it locked on Vanyaland.com as we spotlight some of our favorite bands and performers.

HarpoonFest Spotlight: Photocomfort

What Vanyaland Says: Band bios can be helpful, band bios can be useless, and band bios can be so on-point it hurts. Photocomfort’s, posted to Instagram, tells you all you need to know about Justine Bowe’s celebrated electronic pop project: “National anthems for countries that don’t exist.” During Saturday’s live music slate at HarpoonFest, we’ll all be entranced residents of Photocomfortia, looped in fully to Bowe’s knack for blending atmospheric experimentation and modern pop brilliance. After years of notable releases, her creative flair culminated in last year’s remarkable Understudy EP.

“This EP is about compensating for your real life by getting one too many of life’s satisfactions vicariously through screens: portrait mode, Gillian Jacobs’ face, the theme song of Bojack Horseman, Glossier makeup ads, etc.,” Bowe writes. “I’ve always set up some pretty mountainous expectations for myself, and a healthy move PROBABLY involves taking a deep breath and looking around at where you are and recognizing that point on your path for what it actually is: dynamic, difficult, whacky, beautiful. This album is about the moments BEFORE all that cheesy shit (I’m at the cheesy juncture now!!! wow!!). I hope you like it. I hope you feel it! I hope you dance.”


And dance we will, among the suds and buds at HarpoonFest, under the national flag of the land where Bowe is president.

— Michael Marotta

Listen: Photocomfort on Spotify

Watch: Photocomfort on YouTube

Follow: Photocomfort on Instagram

Attend: Photocomfort plays HarpoonFest 2019 on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. —

HARPOONFEST 2019 :: Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave. in Boston, MA :: Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon :: HarpoonFest tickets and info