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Pinegrove address controversy following sexual misconduct allegations

A representative for the band Pinegrove has issued a statement to clarify recent speculation that the band are set to release their much-debated new album.

In January, Far Out reported that Pinegrove had extended their hiatus following claims that band member frontman Evan Stephens Hall is guilty of sexual misconduct. It was November last year Pinegrove announced that they were “taking some time off” and cancelled their tour dates after Stephens Hall penned a detailed statement on Facebook having accused of sexual coercion.

Pinegrove were due to release the follow-up to their 2016 album Cardinal this year but, due to the situation, cancelled the release.

Now, in a new interview with Columbus Alive, former band member Nandi Rose Plunkett – who left the group last year to focus on her own project – suggested that the album was still coming: “There’s stuff in the works,” she said.

“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.”

Now, a representative for the band has issued a statement to Pitchfork, clarifying that there are no plans to release any new music at this time. “Skylight is finished, but we don’t have any plans to release it until this has been further resolved,” the band explains.

“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.”

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