Band announce plans to release concept album alongside comic series

Members of Ash and Feeder have formed a new side project – The Red The White And The Blue.

The band are working on a concept record with Suede and Pulp producer Ed Buller in conjunction with a series of comics entitled ‘The Balloonist’. Ash’s drummer Rick McMurray and Feeder bassist Taka Hirose have joined forces with singer Ed Loades and ex-Ivyrise guitarist Paul Cronin for the project.

Two tracks – ‘Crisis!’, which you can hear below, and ‘Flying With You’ – will be released in conjunction with the first two issues of ‘The Balloonist’ on November 1. A further eight tracks and comics will be released on the first day of each month with the full concept album and graphic novel available in April.

‘The Balloonist’ follows a love triangle between two feuding brothers and a girl that turns deadly. It is told over 10 songs and accompanying comic books, which will be released in print, traditional music formats, plus motion comic videos.

Cronin said:

I’ve had this idea in my head for a long time and wanted to make it come alive as vividly as possible, combining the music and visuals to tell one story.

He added: “I still can’t quite believe I got to record an album with Rick and Taka, I’m just a massive fan.” For further information head to