Courtney's Bandmates Bail

Internal disputes cause Bastard splits

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Louise Post and Corey Parks have left Courtney Love's new band Bastard. Bastard have been recording a punk CD for Epitaph Records, while Love's primary band, Hole, remains on hiatus due to a label dispute.

Post defected because of a personality clash with Love. "It was sad to leave, but I felt I had no choice," says Post, who quit after one day of recording with the band and an intensive period of writing and practicing. "I felt Courtney was becoming a friend, and I was very close to [drummer] Patty Schemel -- it was so great getting to play with her. But things just went in a different direction."

"I wish her well," Post continues. "Courtney is a powerful force, and she'll do whatever she wants to do. It's a shame we couldn't get along."

Love praises Post's vocals and guitar work on her Web site. "She could be excellent if she applied herself," reads a recent note. "I love her playing."

Bastard's original lineup was Love, Post, Schemel, guitarist Kat Bjelland and Rockit Girl bassist Gina Crosley, who recently joined Post's main project, Veruca Salt replacing Suzanne Sokol. Bjelland, who has a long history of clashes with Love, pulled out soon after, and Crosley was put on ice while Love courted Parks, the fire-breathing, leggy blonde best-known for her stint in Nashville Pussy.

Parks did eventually join the project, says Post, but left after just a week or so. Post declined to speak about Parks' future involvement in Bastard, and calls to Parks were not returned.

Post recently moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking the final step in the journey -- picking up her cats and her car -- just last week. She and new roommate Crosley have penned a dozen songs together for a new Veruca Salt record, expected out on the Beyond label next year.