We were absolutely thrilled that The Guardian did a feature on The Mermaid and our Home of Metal project. “The Brummie Pub that birthed Grindcore”.
“Lisa Meyer, the director of Home of Metal as well as Birmingham’s Supersonic festival, was initially inspired to document the story of the Mermaid after hearing enthusiastic stories from the likes of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) and Nicholas Bullen (Napalm Death) after gigs at Supersonic. “We’d always asked the question: why did this music – Black Sabbath and Judas Priest and Napalm Death and Godflesh, say – come from this region?” After doing a 2011 exhibition focused on Napalm Death, fanzines and the scene’s politics, it became evident that the Mermaid was “the antithesis of Judas Priest’s theatrics and stage costumes. Bands were literally playing on the floor – there was no stage.”