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 indie label, Matador Records and name-checked as an influence by alt-NYC darlings Interpol. Bailterspace took an extended hiatus in 2004, returning to play the famed Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan four years later.