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.