In 1999, I was playing Pokemon Yellow and listening to boy bands and collecting Beanie Babies. Rocket Power premiered. Freaks and Geeks premiered. The Flaming Lips released The Soft Bulletin, and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy released I See a Darkness.
In 1999, Bailterspace released Solar.3, the last new album they’d release before announcing a hiatus in 2004. The New Zealand noise rock group had been recording since 1987, first as Nelsh Bailter Space, then simply as Bailterspace, and the band garnered comparisons to the likes of Sonic Youth and gained a reputation for intense live shows. The members of Bailterspace didn’t move to the mountains to live as hermits in 2004 — in fact, they subsequently put out a best-of compilation and even played a few shows. They just quit recording new albums.
Until now. Bailterspace has announced Strobosphere, their first new album in 13 years, which will see worldwide release on Fire Records. They’ve shared the first single, “No Sense”, and it demonstrates that the band’s just as noisy as ever. Look for the record on August 21.
01. Things That We Found
03. Blue Star
05. No Sense
06. Meeting Place
09. Live by the Ocean
11. Would We Share