The aftermath of sexual assault allegations made towards Ben Hopkins, one half of the queercore indie duo PWR BTTM, was swift and extreme, with the band being dropped from streaming services in addition to its label and administration inside days of when the complaints first surfaced on social media. In the present day, the band’s first album, Ugly Cherries, is again on digital platforms with slightly assist from Lisa Barbaris, a former govt at labels like Elektra, Asylum, and Nonesuch and a present music supervisor.
The band has enlisted Barbaris, in addition to legal professional Jeffrey Koenig, to attempt to get the rights to their second file, Pageant, again from Polyvinyl Information, which pulled the file quickly after its launch final month. Speaking to Billboard, Barbaris says, “To see Polyvinyl derail and doubtlessly destroy the band’s profession in such an impulsive method could be very troubling. I’ve by no means seen a label reply in such an irresponsible approach within the 30-plus years I’ve been within the music enterprise.”
In a press release launched to press, the band’s representatives say, “as of now, Polyvinyl has not introduced any viable plan to the band to make the music on Pageant accessible to their followers.” The label counters that it’s at the moment in contact with PWR BTTM‘s administration, and has no drawback with them re-releasing the album by way of different channels as soon as the phrases of a cut up have been reached. PWR BTTM has contested the allegations made towards them, with Hopkins saying that, “the statements made about me by the nameless supply didn’t line up with any sexual expertise I’ve ever had.“
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