Bailter Space - Wammo [2021 Colour Reissue]
From NZ to NY, a remarkable swansong and final testament to some serious mid-ninties, indie guitar and shoegaze vibes.
Too in-yer-face for My Bloody Valentine, too considered for Sonic Youth, this is Bailter Space.
Formed in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1987 as 'Nelsh Bailter Space', the band’s musical family tree touches on some of the nation’s most revered weirdo luminaries - including Flying Nun mainstays like The Skeptics, The Clean and The Gordons.
+ Limited Indie Shop version is pressed on transparent orange coloured vinyl.
Bailter Space embraced chaos but celebrated precision, finding melody amid networks of brooding noise and feedback. After relocating to New York City, the band - who by then included Alister Parker, John Halvorsen and Brent McLachlan - arrived on Matador in in time for the US release of ‘Robot World’ (1993).
Wammo was the trio’s third and final full-length with the label (their fifth album overall). At the time, music scribes were a bit puzzled by the record’s “accessibility.” In retrospect though we can recognise Wammo for the perfectly melancholy and drone-laced brain-zap that it is.
Andrew Earles, in 'Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996', wrote that "Bailter Space's final album finds the band showing everyone how skilled it was at erasing any lines of demarcation separating wickedly catchy pop songs and washes of guitar noise and toothy dynamics." Dave Thompson, in 'Alternative Rock', called it "their most conventional hook-laden missive yet."
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