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Bailterspace Nationwide Tour Announced

Bailterspace Nationwide Tour Announced

Wednesday 18th July, 2018 9:00AM

Legendary noise-rock trio Bailterspace have announced their return to local stages, with a three shows lined up for September with Auckland no-wave upstarts Wax Chattels, and an appearance at Auckland's multi-venue festival The Others Way in late August. The team of Alister Parker, John Halvorsen and Brent McLachlan first came together as iconic post-punk unit The Gordons in 1980, releasing one pivotal album with that lineup before disbanding and later reforming (initially with Hamish Kilgour, Glenda Bills and Ross Humphries) as Nelsh Bailter Space in 1987. After trimming that roster back to Parker, Halvorsen and McLachlanas, as well as streamlining the band name, Bailterspace went on to release a slew of classic records via Flying Nun Records and Matador Records, attracting a legion of fans worldwide for their hugely influential ear-bleeding yet dreamlike sounds. These will be the first local shows from Bailterspace since they played at St. Jeromes Laneway Festival in 2013.

UPDATE: 29/08/18: Bailterspace have added an Auckland headline show to the tour, here's the updated details...


Friday 31st August - The Others Way, Auckland (sold out)
Thursday 13th Sept - Blue Smoke, Christchurch, w/ Wax Chattels*
Friday 14th Sept - San Fran, Wellington, w/ Wax Chattels*
Saturday 15th Sept - The Cook, Dunedin, w/ Wax Chattels*
Monday 17th September - Auckland, Whammy Bar (without Wax Chattels)*

Tickets available HERE via UTR*

Here's the trio's fuzzed-out classic 'X' from 1994's Vortura...

Listen to Bailterspace's guitar-wrecking 1988 single 'Grader Spader'...

Here's the dreamlike video for their song 'Splat' from 1995's Wammo...

Watch a vintage clip for the band's blurry-eyed single 'E.I.P.' from 1993's Robot World...

Press release:

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


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The Others Way
Fri 31st Aug
Various K Road Venues , Auckland
Thu 13th Sep
Cassels Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Fri 14th Sep
San Fran, Wellington
Sat 15th Sep
Dive, Dunedin