UPDATE: According to a report by the Star Tribune, 22-year-old Minneapolis musician Clara Salyer will be joining Babes in Toyland on bass starting with Thursday's show in St. Louis. Salyer is known for her work with Prissy Clerks, Total Babe, and her current band, Whatever Forever.
"We are three fuckin' happy chickadees in a little nest."
Those were the words of Babes in Toyland drummer Lori Barbero on the band's recent reunification, as told to City Pages in June. However, it seems like that honeymoon is over, as bassist Maureen Herman announced last night she will not be continuing on with the band's comeback tour.
In a Facebook post (in full below), Herman stated that Barbero and guitarist/vocalist Kat Bjelland had "made the decision to tour with someone else." The statement did not provide any insight as to what exactly prompted the de-unification other than "personal differences."
Babes in Toyland's reunion — which was chronicled in our June cover story and punctuated with an incendiary set at Rock the Garden — was mostly predicated by Herman, the band's second bassist, who'd reached out to Bjelland persistently and hosted a reconciliation at her Minocqua, WI, lake house. It was also Herman who leveraged her friendship with altruistic rock entrepreneurs Powersniff to cover the investment of rehearsing and booking a worldwide tour.
Though Herman was the band's bassist during their Fontanelle heyday, Babes in Toyland have also played with Michelle Leon, their original bassist, Dana Cochrane, and Jessie Farmer, who recently left her band Sick of Sarah. There has been no announcement of who will be stepping in for Herman, but Babes in Toyland are scheduled to play Thursday in St. Louis and have two dozen more gigs on the calendar for 2015, including stops at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, and New Orleans' Voodoo Experience.
Herman's memoir, entitled It's a Memoir, Motherfucker, is due out on Flatiron Press next year, and it focuses on the '90s icon's struggle with addiction, depression, and life as a single mother.
Read Herman's full statement below.
"First, I’d like to thank everyone for their incredibly kind thoughts and support. I may write like a motherfucker, but I don’t know if I could ever find the right words to express how much Babes in Toyland's fans mean to me. It’s true that I am no longer the bassist of Babes in Toyland. Due to personal differences, Kat and Lori have made the decision to tour with someone else. I wish them nothing but the best and hope the tour is a huge success. When Kat and I first discussed playing again, one of the things we were most excited about was the opportunity to play in front of our kids. I can’t help but be grateful that our too brief reunion gave me the chance to play in front of my daughter, Anna at our show at the Roxy. Again, thank you all for being incredible fans and friends, and let’s have a kickass rest of the year, shall we? I look forward to interacting with you all on my current and future creative projects."