6/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 September 2013
Another New Zealand return this time from a band who knocked about for awhile doing a kind of antipodean Sonic Youthy thing. A lot has been made of the disappointing new Pixies material but who else has really come back with anything stronger or as strong as the records they did back in the day? The new Sebadoh is certainly a worthy addition to their back catalogue but there are a lot of motions being gone through but with the more obscure bands there tends to be warm hugs waiting for anyone that dares to dust down their guitars regardless of the quality of what they do with them once they have plugged them in.
That is not to say the return of Bailterspace is not without its merits, they are a juggernaut of propulsive skewed riffs over laden with mumbled vocals that suggests the singer doesn’t really want to be heard. ‘In the World’ has a deep pulsing bassline and couldn’t sound more New Zealand if it tried but overall I’m kind of left with a shoulder shrug. The production seems to compress a band that are noted in the press release as being one of the loudest bands all time and I’m not really getting on with the sludgy anaemic sound. Tracks like ‘Plan Machine’ sound like they have enough about them that they could be pretty incendiary live, back in the day it would have sounded okay but so many great noise rock records have been made since that the bar has been raised for this kind of thing, that said fans from back in the day and fans of Sonic Youth should certainly pursue.
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