A now well-entrenched stoner rock band from Brisbane, Australia, Rollerball are a solid “fusion of stoner, space, and 70s hard rock’n blues.” Named after the 1975 movie, and formed in 1998, Rollerball have firmly established the fact that awesome stoner rock doesn’t just come out of the Californian desert circa the early 90s.
Originally recorded in 1998 and released in 1999, Lost In Space is Rollerball’s debut six-track EP. Commemorating its 20th anniversary this year, the EP, paired with an additional five tracks was re-released in May, marking Rollerball’s vinyl debut with a purple LP and featuring redesigned artwork by Alex von Wieding. Tracks “24 Hours,” “Far Away,” and “Main Frame” are the bonus three unique to this release, while the final two, “Gane’s Theme” and “Grissom” are uncredited EP additions.
Whereas the bulk of the six original EP tracks are fairly wholesome, yet straightforward stoner rock – piquing with the title track – somewhat ironically, for me, this 2019 release really begins to impress upon the brain by the last few tracks of the original EP with “Lowly Sublime” and “Lake Of Life.” While the former showcases the first real slow, blues breakdown, the latter contains by far the best introductory bars, which then launch into a jazzy track hammered down by an infectious, fast-paced riff and some of the best vocals on the album. The additional and uncredited tracks continue Lost In Space’s journey onwards and upwards to greatness via the jazz infused stoner rock of “24 Hours,” the heavy, Motörhead-like track “Far Away,” the short, fast and rhythmic “Main Frame,” and the slightly more subdued but equally as distinguished instrumentals “Gane’s Theme” and “Grissom.”
With the additional tracks and the vinyl debut (and a coloured, one no less), the 20th Anniversary Re-Release Addition of Lost In Space is definitely worth the investment of both time and money.
Written by Jordan Hodgins
*edited by Danielle Kenedy