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@ April 2004
bailterspace - That's
the name of the new album!
And why not?
Or should I say, the 'new compilation album'.
That's right! Flying Nun is due to release a timely collection of
bailterspace treasures in May. And this is how it looks:
2. Pass It Up
7. Robot World
13. At 5
16. the Aim
18. The Today Song
for the whole spiel on the 'new album' from the lovely folks at
Notable inclusions: 'GlimmerDot' "originally released on
split 45 7" by US label Amphetamine Reptile Records"
- hard to find this release, and one I personally haven't heard
yet. 'Shadow' - just great song, I'm glad it got the recognition
it deserves. 'DarkBlue' however, seems an odd choice; selected possibly
for it's high tempo dynamic. 'SoLa' - I'm just not sure why this
got the nod over other tracks on 'Capsul'.
Notable Exclusions: 'Begin' - what better place to start? 'Your
Invisible Life' off 'Tanker' - because they're 'classics'. 'Tag',
'Dome', 'Shield', 'Collider' off 'Capsul' - all better songs than
'SoLa' im my opinion. And of course, the most obvious omission is
any contribution from 'Solar.3' - mostly due I suspect, to the album
being a Wildside Records release. There is also nothing off the
'Photon' E.P. - perhaps 'U.H.F.' might have just made the grade.
No 'Projects' (or E.I.P.), no 'Retro' - regular songs in live sets,
and prominent enough to be heard on more than one release.
Overall, I think the compilation has been selected for continuity.
By that I mean, the songs seem to have been chosen for their logical
sonic cohesion over a decade of releases. Rather than the predictable
chronology of singles/hits that many long serving bands have gone
Will there be a tour in the pipeline as well perhaps? We can but
@ January 2004
update of the millennium!
I hope no-one has been holding their breath for vital information
on the whereabouts or happenings from the band, because... well,
there isn't a lot to tell.
Since we were given the Solar.3 album back in 1998, there hasn't
been much activity from the band as far as releases are concerned.
In fact, there's been nothing at all.
The last few
years have seen bailterspace in a hiatus stage. Have they disbanded
- split up - called it quits? Not as far as I'm aware. Let's just
say 'they're taking a break'.
John is currently living back in Wellington, while Alister and Brent
are still residing in New York.
The last reported sighting was of a show Alister Parker did in March
2003 at the Kings Arms with Gary Sullivan and Meterman
... which sadly, I missed.
As far as John and Brent are concerned, I have no clue what they
have been up to.
If anyone has ANY information at all about bailterspace and their
recent status, please feel free to EMAIL
After Turnbuckle (the small Indie NY based label they were with)
folded, the band was apparently left out of pocket. However, there
has been material recorded over the intervening years between now
and then according to a 'reliable source'. So, keep your ears and
eyes open - there may possibly be something on the horizon.
In other news...
I received an
email from Stuart Page, the maker of Skeptics A.F.F.C.O. video.
He has a webpage up containing some stills and the story behind
the making of what remains one of the most controversial music videos
ever made in NZ. You can find it HERE.
And, Dino from HDU recently informed
me that they are in the process of working on a new release due
out the first half of this year!
all for now - I know a lot of the links are not working on the links
page, but when I find a spare day i'll fix them up.
Stay posted, I will do my best to get the dirt on the bailterstatus
for the diehards out there.