Update (3.16.18, 9:30 a.m.): Pinegrove shared a statement with Pitchfork Thursday evening, confirming that their new album, Skylight, is finished, and that they have no current plans to release it. Read the full statement below:
Skylight 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. We’re sorry for not providing more information but navigating this privately has felt like the best way to be respectful to all parties.
Original Story (3.15.18, 10:59 a.m.): Evan Stephens Hall, frontman of the ascendant indie rock band Pinegrove, was accused of sexual coercion last November. Hall shared a lengthy Facebook post detailing his account of alleged misconduct from an anonymous woman, canceled Pinegrove’s winter tour and announced that his band would be “taking some time off in general” while he enrolled in therapy.
It seemed like Pinegrove was prepping to embark on a European tour less than two months after the allegation (beginning in January), but they extended the hiatus after fans, reasonably, questioned how they’d come back so soon, if at all. Now it seems like they intend to release at least two new albums, according to a former member.
Nandi Rose Plunkett, who used to perform and tour with Pinegrove before leaving the band last August to focus on her project Half Waif, revealed in a new interview with the Columbus Alive that Pinegrove still plans to release their previously teased second album, Skylight, and has been working on its follow-up:
“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. 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 doesn’t close the door on collaborating with Pinegrove down the line, either, saying she’ll “always jump” at the opportunity to work with Hall:
“But I absolutely see myself continuing to be a collaborator as far as recording. Singing with Evan was how I got brought into the band, and eventually … how this project got started. I will always jump at the opportunity to sing with him and play with musicians who have now become my family.”
We’ve reached out to Pinegrove’s camp for comment and will update this post if we hear back.