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Pinegrove's new record Skylight is “done and ready to be released,” according to former member, Nandi Rose Plunkett.
The musician, who left the band to pursue solo project Half Waif last year, said Pinegrove are looking for a way to re-emerge after frontman Evan Stephens Hall was accused of sexual coercion.
“There’s stuff in the works. There’s the album, Skylight, which is completely done and ready to be released. And they’re working on a new record now. So the band is not done,” Plunkett tells Columbus Alive. “They’re just trying to find the best way to re-emerge in a way that feels respectful to everyone involved in the situation.”
Plunkett also said she would like to continue collaborating with Pinegrove. “Singing with Evan was how I got brought into the band, and eventually… how this project got started,” she shares.
Last year, Pinegrove announced that they would be “taking some time off” after accusations against Hall surfaced. In January, the band canceled tour dates and shared a statement, explaining they're “continuing their hiatus and taking an extended period of time off the road.”
In a message on Facebook, Hall acknowledges and apologizes for his actions, explaining that he's been accused of sexual coercion “from someone I was involved with for a short but intense period of time.”
“I should have more actively acknowledged my position of power as a public figure, and also as a man,” Hall writes. “I have always tried to approach all of my relationships under the premise of equality, but I see now more clearly that the inherent privilege of my gender and the accumulated privilege of being a recognized performer most certainly impacted this interaction.”
He goes on to say that he is beginning a “long process of reflection,” and in an effort to take time to make positive changes in his life, they are canceling their upcoming U.S. tour dates and “taking some time off in general.” Hall also shares that he started therapy on Nov. 15 and plans to continue in his commitment to improve his mental health and “the way I treat everyone I interact with.”
This news followed a sea of allegations against various musicians, including Brand New’s Jesse Lacey, former With Confidence member Luke Rockets, With Confidence frontman Jayden Seeley and others, along with Artery Recordings announcing that they have decided to drop Slaves from their roster with multiple assault allegations against frontman Jonny Craig surfacing online.