One month after sexual misconduct allegations torpedoed a promising new chapter in PWR BTTM's career -- resulting in the cancellation of a 36-city tour and the removal of the band's catalog from digital and physical retail and from virtually every streaming platform -- the gender non-conforming punk duo has re-emerged with a new manager and the distribution rights to its 2015 debut album, Ugly Cherries. But the band's lawyer says the group has so far been unable to reach an agreement with Polyvinyl, the indie label that released -- then withdrew -- PWR BTTM's well-reviewed second album, Pageant, to make it available again.
PWR BTTM singer-guitarist Ben Hopkins and drummer-singer Liv Bruce have been working with new manager Lisa Barbaris, who reps Cyndi Lauper, and attorney Jeffrey Koenig of Serling Rooks Hunter McKoy & Worob, to reclaim the band's music. In May, an unnamed person and an acquaintance speaking on their behalf -- accused Hopkins of sexually predatory behavior just days before Pageant was released.
Although the band contested the claims, within days of the accusations, PWR BTTM had been dropped by Salty Artist Management, Father/Daughter Records -- which had released Ugly Cherries -- and Polyvinyl. Although no charges or lawsuits had been filed -- and, to date, no additional accusations have been made -- both albums were withdrawn from distribution, effectively wiping out PWR BTTM's entire catalog.