Once described as "The Sonic Youth of the Southern Hemisphere", space-rock contortionists Bailterspace have been mining tortured noise and repetitive melody for the better part of 30 years.
Direct from New York, Bailterspace have announced three rare NZ shows, following their upcoming appearance at The Others Way Festival on August 31. The band will perform in Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin from September 13-15.
Over the past three decades, Bailterspace has mobilised recording technologies to capture a sonic collision of atmospheric noise rock, producing what Pitchfork once coined; "a huge mess of sound that's simultaneously beautiful, jagged, atonal, and supremely melodic".
Born out of the electrifying post-punk band The Gordons, they formed in New Zealand in 1987 as Nelsh Bailter Space, featuring Alister Parker (guitar, bass), John Halvorsen (bass, guitar) and Brent McLachlan (drums/percussion, samples) - the original line up of The Gordons.
From Nelsh Bailter Space came Bailterspace, with Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen at the core, joined for a spell by Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) and Ross Humphries (The Terminals, the Pin Group). Early albums Tanker and Thermos were released via Flying Nun Records before the band relocated to the US and co-signed with Matador Records, releasing the innovative albums Robot World, Vortura, and Wammo. This was followed by the albums Capsul and Solar.3 in the late 1990s. In 2004 Flying Nun released a retrospective Bailterspace compilation and the band emerged from a hiatus in 2012 with a highly acclaimed comeback album Strobosphere and Trinine the following year.
Whether you're a fan of their debut efforts,the seminal 90's era, renascent releases, or the whole catalogue -this is a rare opportunity to see Bailterspace perform live. Featuring the original line up of Parker, McLachlan and Halvorsen, this legendary three-piece return with their veritable wall of symphonic exploration, punctuated by Orwellian themes of spiritual drought and cultural decay.
Featuring support from hypnotic power-trio, WAX CHATTELS, tickets are now available from www.undertheradar.co.nz
BAILTERSPACE NEW ZEALAND SHOWS:
Thursday 13th Sept - Blue Smoke, Christchurch - buy tickets here
Friday 14th Sept - San Fran, Wellington - buy tickets here
Saturday 15th Sept - The Cook, Dunedin - buy tickets here
*Featuring Wax Chattels