January 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Bailterspace – Trinine

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Bailterspace
Trinine
Fire Records
Street: 10.01.13
Bailterspace = Dinosaur Jr. + Sonic Youth
Noise and shoegaze legends Bailterspace are back with the second album since their 2008 reunion, their 11th since forming as a band called The Gordons in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1980. Let’s get easy comparisons out of the way—Bailterspace are often compared to certain American alternative bands from the angry alt ’80s and it’s not difficult to hear why on Trinine—Alister Parker’s monotonous singing and vicious guitar playing sounds so close to both Thurston Moore and J. Mascis. True, there’s plenty of sonic fury, especially on “Painted Window,” which could be a B-side from You’re Living All Over Me. There’s also plenty of noise and distortion that’s all Bailterspace, a welcome guitar album in a time where many have moved on. –Christian Schultz

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