Originally from Christchurch, Bailterspace began life in 1986, from the ashes of Gordons. Following several releases with Flying Nun — including 1990's critically-acclaimed Thermos — their atmospheric guitar-driven, Richter scale-registering sound gained the attention of industry heavyweights in New York, and they were signed to iconic independent label Matador Records. The band was also namechecked as an influence by New York rockers Interpol. Bailterspace took an extended hiatus in 2004, but have returned sporadically to release two further albums, and make occasional live appearances.
The band has its origins in Christchurch, but this video takes their trademark sonic guitar to the subways and streets of their adopted home of New York. Shot in 1996 it feels more emblematic of the recession era as a robotic businessman crawls on its belly towards redundancy on Wall St. It's a striking key image as he/its battery runs down in front of the Stock Exchange Building amongst oblivious pedestrians. Liberty: Bailterspace style.
Julie Hermelin's (Sarah McLachlan, Luscious Jackson, Moby, Ben Folds Five) mesmerising video shows the band playing while NYC streetlife passes by ... in reverse. A clever if not confounding concept when considering the band's performance, which appears to be forwards. Extraordinary processing and grainy contrast further enhance this one take time-space wonder. Note the man "reconstructing" an apple with his mouth.