The Canal House, 12 Bridge Street, Birmingham, B1 2JR
The Canal House. Located in the space formerly occupied by The James Brindley Pub,
Perched right beside the canal, the venue makes use of its waterside position, transforming the former pub which has been vacant for eight years. The venue is staying true to its predecessor, as it too is influenced by the iconic engineer James Brindley. Along with a study, lounge and drawing room, there is also Brindley's Brewing Room to hang out in.
The drinks menu focuses on more than 60 types of craft beer and ales from all over the world, and there is a secret gin distillery. Food is based on traditional pub grub and a meat deli section.
My impression was taken from a photo by Pete Davies, another member of the Core Collective, the reflections from the buildings on the water inspired to paint this view, I hope you check out more of Pete’s incredible photos, his work will be on show with us soon.
I like to give my titles of my work relating to Birmingham in this case it is named after Terminal Power Company Formed in 1989 in Birmingham, UK, by Paul Aspel and John Roome, designed specifically to be a “cyberpunk band”, the band cited many diverse visual influences on their music. Amongst these were William Gibson, John Shirley – Authors, Bladerunner, Aliens, Spaghetti Westerns and Film Noir. Essentially the band was formed to create virtual sound tracks for these types of films and books. Their first demo tapes were received well and in early 1990 TPC signed to Situation Two and soon released their first single “Wired”
Following the release of “Wired” they signed a three-album contract with Beggars Banquet Records. The band spent two weeks during November 1990 recording their first album Run Silent, Run Deep, which was released in early 1991 and was well received by the press. The album was soon followed by the single “The Hunger, The Heat”, and later that year the second single from the album, “Salvation”. The version released was a remix of the album version and featured a drummer and additional extra guitar performed by Mark Gemini Thwaite, most recently known for being a member of The Mission.
During the period directly after the recording of Run Silent, Run Deep, Aspel and Roome decided to expand the line up of the band to a four-piece. Up to this point, they had played as a three-piece with Mark McKenzie on bass and were using a backing tape for drums and keyboards. They felt that the adding of a full time drummer and bass player would fill out the sound and make the group have a proper “band” feel on stage.