PWR BTTM Dropped By Polyvinyl

Angelica Greene
May 16, 2017

A anonymous source told Jezebel she had been also assaulted by Hopkins after a PWR BTTM show past year. North Carolina's Hopscotch Festival has also canceled PWR BTTM's performance. Additionally, Cameron West, who performed and arranged music on the group's new album Pageant and is part of their touring band, has announced that he is severing ties with PWR BTTM on both fronts. "From my understanding, these accusations were in fact levied via email months ago, but were left unshared with other members of the band, including myself". The event is listed as cancelled on the venue's site, though no official statement has been released.

A representative for PWR BTTM was not immediately available for comment. You can read the full statement on their website. We made a mistake supporting this band. On the same day they were scheduled to play a NY album launch gig at Rough Trade Brooklyn, but it was cancelled without a statement. If we felt the situation was resolved satisfactorily, we would consider resuming our coverage.

Rising queercore punk duo PWR BTTM have been dropped by Salty Artist Management amid an ongoing investigation into a number of sexual assault allegations against singer Ben Hopkins.

However, in an interview with Jezebel, one survivor, in detailing her experience, claims Ben's bandmate Liv Bruce was aware of their behaviour, after contacting her following "stories" circulating.

Cordero-Kolin revealed that she began receiving stories about Hopkins's behavior from people in local queer communities after she shared a picture in December 2016 of Hopkins drawing a Swastika in the sand on a beach.

Hours later, the Facebook post appeared on Twitter thanks to a screenshot from user mattfromcoastlines‏ (@_mcampnh).

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There is an outright lie in the statement, which they're going to have to address; as multiple sources have confirmed now, people knew about this beforehand, including at least one member of the band. But this afternoon, the festival announced that it had removed PWR BTTM, a quickly ascending queer rock outfit that's enjoyed waves of positive press recently, from its lineup.

Ben and Liv here.

While the band responded to the claims on Facebook calling them "shocking" and that they will be taken "very seriously", the fallout has been widespread.

A previous statement by the band said that they are "trying to address them [the allegations] with openness and accountability". With respect to the image included with these allegations, Ben previously addressed this matter on their/the band's Twitter in January (https://ibb.co/dsNRRQ).

'Unfortunately we live in a culture which trivialises and normalises violations of consent, ' the band wrote on Facebook after the allegations came to light. We did not want to out the person who had come to us in confidence. We cannot control what happens in the world, but we can control who we feature on our stages, and the allegations against PWR BTTM are such that we cannot maintain that promise and allow them to remain on our stage.

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