The Ballarats - Someone's Jealous/Code Red

Matt Churchill 25/09/2007

Rating: 3.5/5

A feisty Geordie fivesome with a strong local following, The Ballarats release their first single, the double A side single 'Someone's Jealous'/'Code Red'. Widespread media coverage has lavished praise upon the band, with the NME and BBC Radio Newcastle amongst their fans.

'Someone's Jealous' is a raucous two and a half minute work out that leaves no time to breathe as crashing guitars and aggressive drums stomp along. The chorus repetition of “Someone's Jealous/Yeah Someone's Jealous” is memorable and gets the point of the song across, which works well as an introduction to the foursome.

'Code Red' opens with a vocal harmony that breaks into a Jet-like guitar and drum duet with a slightly corny count of one to eight from vocalist Jon Corbett. The song works well with a strong use of dynamics giving the track space to develop. A wonderfully shambolic guitar-off acts as the centre-point of the song's exit which is different to the to-be-expected chorus repetition-til-death that we have become used to from new indie bands.