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American band Pinegrove have cancelled a run of their North American tour dates following Front man Evan Stephens Hall’s “sexual coercion” accusations made against him.
Evan addressed these allegations in a post on their groups Facebook page on Tuesday (Nov 21) with a lengthy statement. The accuser has been unnamed, yet Evan still delves into the details of his “convoluted, heavy, emotional” relationship with this person, to which he claimed “Still, I am coming to terms with the fact that I monumentally misread the situation. I am trying earnestly to follow this line as deeply as it goes to reflect on all of the things I could have done, and can do, better.”
The emo-country-rock singer also went onto say “While it was by no means a simple relationship, it was sustained tenderly and I believed sincerely that it was mutual. I absolutely never threatened her, I never leveraged anything against her. I believed all of our decisions to be based in love.”
He continues “I should have more actively acknowledged my position of power as a public figure, and also as a man,” he continued. “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.”
Hall went on to apologize for viewing his fans as potential sexual partners and added that he has been in therapy since November 2015. He admits that he had “been flirtatious with fans and on a few occasions been intimate with people that I’ve met on tour,” saying that “I could sense who from the crowd would be interested in sleeping with me based on how they watched me perform. This comment applies such a dark layer to my interactions with people after our sets.”
You can read the full statement here:
a message from evan:https://t.co/TdDpcnCZX3
— &&&& (@PinegroveBand) November 21, 2017
The statement ends with telling the reader the band would be taking some time off as well as cancelling the tour “in an effort to take time to make positive changes in my life and out of respect for what she is going through.”
The core members of Pinegrove consist of Evan Stephens Hall (vocals, guitar) and Zack Levine (vocals, drums) who are both childhood friends and have been playing music together for a very long time. It was Zack’s little brother Nick who played guitar that helped to officially from Pinegrove, but he no longer is in the band. Thus came Sam Skinner (guitar) and Adan Carlo Feliciano (bass) and Nandi Rose Pluckett (vocals, percussion, keyboard) who is the only woman in the band, and a college friend of Evan.
After a run of EP releases, it was in October 2015 that Pinegrove were signed to Run for Cover Records. A debut album followed this in February 2016 titled Cardinal. Pinegrove had been touring in support of this release.