The single’s Bandcamp page and the label’s announcements of its release on social media have been removed.
Doug Tuttle, a garage rock and psychedelic rock artist who released a single on Wild Honey earlier this year, criticized the label in social media posts in October for planning to release the Black Lips’ music. In apparent protest, he requested that his single be pulled by the label. His Pinecone EP is still streaming, but moved to his personal Bandcamp page and no longer lists Wild Honey as its label on Spotify.
In posts on Tuttle’s public Facebook page, viewed by Pitchfork, he cited a Los Angeles Times article from early this year that reported allegations regarding the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander. Emily Langland told the Times that when she was 17 and Alexander was 29, the Black Lips member sent her “sexually inappropriate” texts before they had consensual sex when she was 18. Alexander declined the Times’ request for comment at the time.
Pitchfork has also learned that the Black Lips are no longer signed to Vice Records after completing their contract with the label. The band had released multiple albums on the imprint between 2007 and 2020. The Black Lips are still signed to Fire Records; contacts at Fire did not respond to requests for comment.
When asked about Wild Honey’s statement and the dissolution of their Vice Records deal, Cole Alexander replied, “The allegations are simply not true and we have no other comment.” Pitchfork has reached out to Emily Langland for comment.