Pinegrove are sharing a statement about their plans to put out music after former member, Nandi Rose Plunkett, said the band's new record was ready to be released.
On an interview published yesterday on Columbus Alive, Plunkett said Pinegrove's Skylight is “done and ready to be released,” and the band are looking for a way to re-emerge after frontman Evan Stephens Hall was accused of sexual coercion.
Pitchfork reached out for comment, and the band's representatives shared that the album is finished “but we don’t have any plans to release it until this has been further resolved.”
“We’ve been playing music with each other because that’s what we love to do, but we are not announcing another album right now,” they continued. “We’re sorry for not providing more information but navigating this privately has felt like the best way to be respectful to all parties.”
Plunkett, who left the band to pursue solo project Half Waif last year told Columbus Alive Pinegrove is also working on a new record, “So the band is not done.”
“They’re just trying to find the best way to re-emerge in a way that feels respectful to everyone involved in the situation,” she continued.
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.