What the Heck?! New Pinegrove Album Out on 9/28 (Friday)
Pitchfork just released a very in-depth and well written article about Pinegrove and the “sexual coercion” that encircled Evan Stephen Hall (I don’t know you, Jenn Pelly, but you did amazing job on this). In the article it is explained that the front man tried to push the victim away from her relationship and wouldn’t take no for an answer that resulted in sex.
Whether it was Evan’s fault or if the decision was in the victim’s hands to sleep with Evan, is up to you to decide. I don’t have the brain capacity or the proper knowledge to take a side here. We can all agree that what happened was terrible, though.
The band took a hiatus and Evan is still in therapy to this day. One quote that really struck me was, “We don’t want listeners who are like, ‘We don’t care about this sort of thing,’” Hall added. “We care about this sort of thing. I’m way more sympathetic to people who are like, ‘I don’t understand this situation, it seems fucked up, fuck this band,’ than people who are like, ‘I don’t understand this situation, fuck this situation, I love this band.”
This personally pushed me back over to the Pinegrove side.
Within the article, it is revealed that Pinegrove will be releasing a new album really soon. Really soon as in Skylight will be dropped tomorrow! 100% of sales (The band is self-releasing the album) will go to charities and foundations that support everything from suicide prevention to helping musicians with mental health.
Cardinal which came out in 2016 was one of the most acclaimed albums of the year. It’s going to be interesting to see the direction Skylight takes.
Definitely take the time to read the emotional and deep Pitchfork article and hopefully you are just as excited about the new album as I am.