LIVE REVIEW: BRAVE EXHIBITIONS – Earth, Helen Money @ The Cluny, Newcastle (14.11.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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The opening of four days of incredibly eclectic music could not have started any better, the crowd left in a stunned silence. The brilliance of Helen Money as she traverses genres with exquisite ease, from delicate classical to powerful rock riffs. She has this crowd in the palm of her hand, mouths agog in awe of her incredible talent. A truly exciting and fascinating spectacle that sets a high bar for Earth to follow.

However, it is a challenge which Earth gladly rise to opening with Cats On The Briar, a sea of bobbing heads lay before them. All perfectly in time with these heavy riffs, thick, powerful and intense they retain this throughout. Datura’s Crimson Veils and The Colour of Poison provide early highlights in this unrelenting barrage of guitar driven noise. The Mandrake’s Hymn takes everything to another level though, like Helen Money before them, Earth retain a certain power over this crowd. Diligently appreciative throughout, and they’re rewarded with a performance which is never overzealous just perfectly pitched. The riffs seethe with darkness as they close out on the suitably heavy Old Black. As they perfectly pave the way for the next three days of the Brave Exhibitions festival.

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