aka Nelsh Bailter Space, Bailter Space

The Clean’s Hamish Kilgour and The Gordons’ Alister Parker in the same band? It didn’t seem right at first – with The Clean being a collision of psych-rock and folk-pop and The Gordons leaning more to metallic art rock.

But it brought out the best from both, delivering a diversity of sound around an underlying common ground of post-punk discord and German early 1970s rhythms and beats.

Bailterspace in 1994 - Brent McLachlan, John Halvorsen, Alister Parker
Photo credit: Photo by Jeremy Pollard
Bailterspace, 1998: John Halvorsen, Brent McLachlan and Alister Parker
Bailterspace in New York City, 1997: John Halvorsen, Alister Parker and Brent McLachlan
Bailterspace in 1998: John Halvorsen, Alister Parker and Brent McLachlan
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Bailterspace, 1998: John Halvorsen, Brent McLachlan, Alister Parker
Bailterspace, 1997: John Halvorsen, Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan
Bailterspace in 1997 - Brent McLachlan, Alister Parker, John Halvorsen
Photo credit: Photo by Jono Rotman
Alister Parker with Bailterspace, year unknown
New Man
Bailterspace in the late 1990s: John Halvorsen, Alister Parker and Brent McLachlan
World We Share
Bailterspace circa 2012: Brent McLachlan and Alister Parker
Bailterspace in 1996: Alister Parker, Brent McLachlan and John Halvorsen
Grader Spader (live at the Gluepot 1991) Bob Sutton Collection
Bailterspace, 1997: John Halvorsen, Brent McLachlan and Alister Parker
Right Now
nterview with Bailter Space, 26 May 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
Bailterspace with Hamish Kilgour, New York City 1988
Alister Parker on the cover of Stamp, May 1990

Alister Parker - vocals, guitar

Hamish Kilgour - drums

Ross Humphries - bass

Glenda Bills - synth

John Halvorsen - bass

Brent McLachlan - drums

Todd Lindner - bass

Ian Ljungquist - bass


Flying Nun





Arch Hill Recordings



McLachlan and Halvorsen were both members of the latter day Skeptics.

Brent McLachlan is a well-regarded record producer responsible for a sublime run of late 1980s / early 1990s albums captured at Writhe Studios in Wellington for The Bats, T.A.B, Bailterspace, Sticky Filth, Snapper, The Terminals, David Kilgour and Skeptics.

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