Making Monsters Album Launch 

On the full moon with bonfire skies, 3rd November 2017. The Black Market Venue hosted Star Botherers and Strange Currencies ‘Making Monsters’ Album Launches. Sharing the stage with Black Thorn’s sound of new wave folk rave and an intense soundcheck and red wine over bass guitar spillage incident, with unbearable faint inducing stage lighting heat they battled and blasted out their songs that had also achieved some good radio play! Check them out. http://www.blackthornofficial.co.uk/


The folkesque and witty Star Botherers https://m.facebook.com/Star-Botherers-467251663336312/?locale2=en_GB with their album launch. Andrew ‘Bart’ Hawkins stormed their set with songs such as ‘When Dave’s Dead’ a beauty of a track and ode to bassist with this ‘found in loft funky wah wah pedal.’ Dave ‘Aldo’ Drury. Weathering the storm of ‘cheap string’ snapping, whilst enjoying Stones and pale ale. We had shared the stage with them at Deerstock 2017.
Opportunity knocked, so big thanks for sharing both stages and album launches. Bob the sound engineer – cheers too! With a great crown to boot. A great night of sweat, mandolins, banter and booze was had.

On to Strange Currencies. In Your World, Gypsy Disco, Maddening Skies, Slow Train, Razor Face, Automatic, Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy, I’m Free and Prosecco captures the audience. With a hot of the press batch of CD’s that arrived that morning.


Being the non human, non metronome watch the slightly faster ‘Gypsy Disco’

Then inspired by Are You Being Served. The Blues, jamming, wang wanging, Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy

For what we were about to perform. The mother of F.. C…U…Kers always make me truly grateful of true musical talent that I’m privy to perform alongside. The hand that bangs and jams, the flock that rocks. Stars collided in perfect matrimony and the force was with us all tonight tile a tractor beam of bliss. PP Johnson frontman extraordinaire has especially treated himself to a Rick and Morty t-shirt and performed a gritty belting set. Bassist Steve Canner impressed with his ever expanding collecting of bass pedals and funky riffs. Our lovely talented Andrew Death on guitar floated my boat with top notch solo’s and riffing with the best of ‘em. The fantastic Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor wowed with his belly belt of harmonicas. With only a slight bass drum pedal malfunction drama for myself, frantically trying to communicate that drama to Ange, band manager, who though I shouted ‘film this one’ during ‘Maddening Skies!’ So began filming. AAAARRGH. My shouting was drowned out, but I had faith and we all survived the song intact. It’s kind of like driving with your foot off the pedals on drums. A little bit disturbing.

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We will be in studio recording our new EP. Then spend time working on new material for 2018.

Making Monsters is available via this link

http://hyperurl.co/fvq7ck
On CD at gigs or email us strangecurrencies@yahoo.com


Here are some photos too

~ Claudine

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Making Monsters

Making Monsters, released 3rd November 2017 is the debut album by band Strange Currencies.

This is a journey. An evolution of sorts. An expanding exploration of the human psyche. We are the monsters. We become the monsters. We hide the monsters. From acoustic ballads to indie disco to rock anthems. This album emits variance and vibrancy.  It began in 2016 acoustically with the birth of Razor Face, featuring a mandolin. After the break up of their previous Rock band, PP Johnson and Claudine West wrote a bunch of acoustic songs while working on new tracks in Claudine’s home studio.  They did a 25 date ‘Spitting Distance’ Tour as a duo with Claudine switching between on acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo. Met Harmonica Player Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor at the Dog House live mic night. Later recruited members, Andrew Death (guitar/banjo) and bassist (Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton until Sept 2017) to evolve the music and live sound. Claudine switched to performing on the drums and mandolin at the same time.

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This album was recorded, mixed, produced by Paul Phillip Johnson and Claudine West at Claudsville Studios, Nottingham. 

 Tracks:  In Your World, Maddening Skies, Carnival Of Fools, I’m Free recorded at Paper Stone Studio (Thanks Tom) and Claudsville Studios, Nottingham. 

Razor Face (Live Version) recorded at Fiskerton Studios, Nottingham.  Thanks to Jim, Sheba and Ash (Rogue Levels)

 Track 1

Prologue

Claudine West – Keyboards

Track 2

In Your World

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Drums/Keyboards/Guitar
Andrew Death – Electric Guitar
Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton – Bass

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Track 3

Gypsy Disco

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Electric Guitar/Keyboards/Arrangements

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Track 4

I Don’t Dance

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Acoustic Guitar/Keyboards/Arrangement
Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor – Harmonica

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Track 5

Space In Time

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Acoustic Guitar/Keyboards

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Track 6

Maddening Skies

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Drums/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/
Andrew Death – Guitar
Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton – Bass

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Track 7

This Girl

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Electric Piano/Strings/Backing Vocals

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Track 8

American Saviour

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Keyboards/Banjo/Arrangement

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Watch the video! American Saviour

Track 9

Stay Down Kid

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Guitar/Lyrics

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Track 10

Carnival Of Fools

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Drums/Keyboards
Andrew Death – Guitar
Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton – Bass

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Track 11

Making Monsters

PP Johnson – Vocals/Lyrics
Claudine West – Acoustic Guitars/Bass/Keyboards/Arrangements

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Track 12

Razor Face

PP Johnson – Vocals/Lyrics
Claudine West Mandolin/Banjo/Keyboards/Arrangements

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Track 13

Prelude To Freedom

Claudine West – Keyboards

Track 14

I’m Free (album version)

PP Johnson – Vocals/Writer
Claudine West – Drums/Keyboards
Andrew Death – Guitar
Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton – Bass

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Exclusive Limited Free Download ‘I’m Free’ by Strange Currencies

21st of July for ONE month only. Here is the exclusive free download link from the Strange Currencies album ‘Making Monsters’

This is Pure Ska, Indie Upbeat Festival Music for the masses. Recorded live at Paper Stone Studios with additions at Claudville Studios

It also available to buy on iTunes and from Digital Stores.

 

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More from Strange Currencies here >>>

Its conception 2017

Acoustic version 2017

Live at Deerstock 23.07.17

Making Monsters and Rock at Paper Stone

The summer rain came down, a human perspiration fountain inducing humidity, with homemade fudge filled the studio. 

We are Strange Currencies. Thank you Tom at Paper Stone Studios, Nottingham for recording us. Great session. Captured the raw live takes excellently.   

https://youtu.be/JGXzo2g1TX4

In session on 27.05.17 we made these monsters: 
In Your World, I’m Free, Carnival Of Fools and Maddening Skies

Vocals: PP Johnson

Guitar: Andrew Death

Bass: Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton

Drums: Claudine West

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Big thanks to Angela Barker, Manager, Driver, Roadie, PR, Bar Tender, Photos and…… 

Here are videos of our journey http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgX_-HoxFC1puaI4Qw8YppnzB1S6mZWZb

Claudine West

Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton

Andrew Death

PP Johnson


RIP-GIG-YOU-ME-US

When the spotlight shines upon the blessed. The sun is the disappearer beyond the farthest of valleys. The good vibes travel to the ends of the Universe. Light Years. Colliding with the arrival of Zen, the end of days. In a good way. A sweaty early summer Monday evening was spent at the Sitwell Tavern in Derby.

Thanks to Less Than Three Promotions Strange Currencies shared the stage with Phil Matthews (The Village), Modern Comforts and Viyellas.

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The 22nd of May 2017. We performed our debut (as the new full band line up) set. Settling down after to enjoy the other bands. Later to turn on the news. This day will sadly be remembered for the dreadful suicide bombing at Manchester Arena. The murder of innocent Adults and Children. Mr Trump called them ‘Losers.’ In a mad world and progressive era of violence and improvised despicable acts. Our love reaches out the the folks and all affected in Manchester, that suffered a horrific act of radicalised violence. The outpouring of support by the people is overwhelming. You will never win, you will never destroy the freedom and spirit of the people. #FACT sending love and healing. In the spirit of music.

I’m Free 

This is the adventure Strange Currencies are on.  We go into studio at the weekend to lay down the final tracks for our album Making Monsters.

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We play a special acoustic set on Sunday  28th May at the Dot To Dot Festival in Nottingham. More live shows to be announced 

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RIP in musical Valhalla Chris Cornell.

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Big thanks to Roger Moore for your time on Earth too.

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PS make sure you vote for the right one 😉 

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On Your Radar 2017

From summertime acoustic doings to the big expand. A small step but giant stride into the wild.
Music by its pure design evokes and evolution of mind and spirit, along with uncontrollably movements in body. Euphoria swiftly follows. Drawing upon emotions of past and present.

Strange Currencies members PP Johnson (vocals) and Claudine West multi-instruments & drums) decided to put it out to the electronic universe that they needed the full tool kit. Being themselves the nuts and bolts.

It smiled kindly as acknowledgement of their efforts should come in the form of Andrew Death (pronounced ‘Dee-ath’) on guitar/ multi-instruments and Bassist Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton. With additional support from Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor. The summer gigs are lining up fast.

 

After a couple of rehearsals in the middle of making the album ‘Making Monsters.’

https://soundcloud.com/strange-currencies-636077644/in-your-world-live

There are some serious undertows of electrifying performance. Their sound?

A combination at the same time of Drums, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals. From upbeat festival crowd pleasers to sublime rock road trips. A variety of styles make the strange current and a blip on your radar.

I Don’t Dance

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Weebles, Wine & Words

To swear on air. That was a bloody good ‘straight after work’ vocals recording sesh. After leaving to breathe… The McGuigan coated throats just enough for a velvet vintage performance. Now for Rugby & Pizza with Wifey. Well done Mr Paul Phillip Johnson.

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With a pretty great music ‘information gathering’ week in the bag.  Networking a go go. We all feel a refreshed reiteration on how to move the music of Strange Currencies into the universe a little better. With a Nusic Academy Q&A hosted by Mark Del at Nottingham Trent Student Union. Featuring on the panel John Kennedy from Radio X, Kate Holder, Producer for Huw Stephens for the BBC, Eleanor Goodman, currently features Editor at Metal Hammer from and Jamz Supernova from BBC Radio 1Xtra. Being a musician and not a savvy Radio Plugger, promoter. Well not yet… In this day and age. Listening to some valuable tips via iTunes podcasts on the bus to work has been enlightening. Some things are obvious. Some are ‘Aha’ moments. Some are well ‘why do that as I would not..?’ But play guitar with the suggested chord formations. You might just have a tune. With stalls, advice and networking with local promoters I’m Not From London. It was a productive meet and greet.

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One of the funniest moments from the Nusic sesh involved as question about visual media eg band photos. Eleanor Goodmans sound advice.. Don’t do photos of bands in front of walls or forests. As its ‘soooooo very unoriginal’ had us laughing out loud. You had to be there!  ‘Wanky Cocks’ against depressing backdrops in a nutshell. Its quite possibly 50 shades of grey with arrogance and unoriginality.

A few pre mastered CD promos featuring a few songs were handed out.  Some more seed planted from out underground greenhouse.

After finding Bridget Jones’s Baby funnier than expected. Pissing at the one liner “It’s a big wanking bomb Viv” in No Offence,  a heart stopping episode of The Walking Dead, season 7 this week. When we thought Rick Grimes was zombie pate. Some really weird dreams followed by milking squids.  The question begs… Is it better to gain musical success from your own talent and creating what you love. Thank pulling in favours in Whoreland?

Then at the weekend… a band injury.. I’m recovering with a sore upper bingo wing, being burned by an oven tray full of bacon, I’m still not sure how i managed it at that angle. Maybe….(for album pre release publicity) A unicorn self combusted its horn. Then decided to compete in the winter Olympics while applying lippy. Bought a Moped and then travelled Thelma and Louise style to Balmoral. Later recording an album likened to ‘Rumours.’ Shagged a pony. Had an affair with and antelope. Found an ice pop. Snorted Kryptonite. Went on a cruise with Jane McDonald, burst into song, with a distinct blurred lens. Then trained as a butcher, opened a shop. Decided to become vegan. Discovered that vegetables have feelings too. Went batshit crazy apeshit. Read up on mind control and possession. Did a bit of hocus pocus. Found out the Reptilians wanted to recruit. Found me and did this in the night. Ok ED and James. Your beautiful oh little scar scar.

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Recording the album ‘Making Monsters’

It was PP Johnson lead vocals and Claudine West backing vocals of something very beautiful for the album tonight. Take this one to your church. This girl is understanding.

Album is coming together pretty good. It eclectic! Grunge, country, ballad, Blues, Dance, Pop and more.

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So as we depart into the weekend between the day jobs. We are happy. Excited and content and a little tipsy. Rehearsals with the full band commence next week. Good times for Strange Currencies. Great year ahead.

Be the best you can be 😉

~ Claudine

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Stranger Things…

“If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.” John Barrow Stranger things have happened. things nearly didn’t happen… but…I’m an improv inspired kind of bird. Go with the flow. This ideal is not shared by all. Which is why….. 12th Feb 2017 was the day Strange Currencies shot a the music […]

via Stranger Things… — Claudine West Music

“If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.”  John Barrow

Stranger things have happened. things nearly didn’t happen… but…I’m an improv inspired kind of bird. Go with the flow. This ideal is not shared by all. Which is why…..

12th Feb 2017 was the day Strange Currencies shot a the music video for ‘American Saviour.’  Paralleled with a pseudo documentary of ‘the making of’ to rival others .. should be released in the summer. With a story line and undertones of Cuprinol. This dip into politics may cause ripples with nipples. A few conti pad giggles.

With a self financed tiny budget, (500 x 50p and a mars bar mini) the kindness of The Acacia Centre  volunteers fancy dressed to impress, sausage and chip cobs(naps, buns, rolls to non locals), orange face paint, raspberry sauce and more wigs that Donald’s closet. Began a day of filming. After ditching his initial script in comparison to The Cure For Insomnia running length of 87– 10 mins in ‘cat years’ ;-0. A barrage of hissy fits ensued the day before. (A lesson about better communication, planning, prepping and making sure minutes are written in future with things!)  PP Johnson (band vocalist) overcame what can only be described as…. a fucking flid and directed. #evidence below.  Yet again I’ll quote this sunshine… “If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.” John Barrow

A word from Director PP Johnson:

“I feel at this stage that I might have to go into more of an explanation as to why I didn’t want to make this video initially. In light of a pretty damning blog, it’s now become important to me that people understand my side of this particular issue. I guess I’d have to say that I was the architect of my own downfall on this one. Basically, I pitched the idea for the video a couple of months back and we all agreed that we should do it. We’d been looking for a concept to hang a music video on for a while and so this seemed as good an idea as any. So we greenlit the project and everyone was happy. Fast forward a few weeks and new jobs for both myself and the band manager plus an album recording that was well under way meant that I started doubting our ability to produce a quality piece of work in such a short space of time. So… I went to my bandmate and the manager with my concerns and suggested that we either postpone the project or shelve it altogether. This suggestion was met with a fair amount of resistance and I was told that we were definitely going ahead and “I shouldn’t pitch projects if I had no intention of going ahead with them”. Suddenly one person was less happy. 😉 Anyway, life and work began to take priority, as they tend to do. Production meetings didn’t happen and communication on all sides became almost non-existent (due to individuals not replying to messages and various important sporting events). During that time a script was written and some pre production work had been carried out (admittedly not as much as I’d had liked but that’s on me). Come the eve of the shoot and I was a very frustrated bunny indeed. We were on a ship which seemed rudderless and heading for stormy waters, and I seemed to be the only one that saw it. After numerous tense phonecalls and a (now very public) meltdown from your’s truly, it was decided that we would change the project in order to try and turn the project’s weaknesses into a strength. Ultimately a new concept was born and the shoot went ahead. Upon reflection, I still feel that I was right to feel the way I did but I am grateful that we were able to turn potential tragedy into (fingers crossed) triumph. My actions in the build up to the shoot were those of a man who was being forced to do something against his will and it garnered the appropriate response. So there it is, the story from my side. Hopefully to be concluded in the summer with the release of American Saviour: A Cautionary Tale.”

So….after a winter of ‘Toblerones’ and turkey. With pre menstrual bloat, some virus illness shite that the flu jab possibly caused. You can imagine my surprise and horror at being directed with speaking parts! Bear in mind.. an E in ‘A Level’ Drama happened for a reason with me! I mumble and can’t remember lines or prompts, or act.I can barely function as a non musician at times. So genuine uncomfortable madness.. Fanks!

With the sort of pre match bitch diva fits that potentially split bands up and ruin friendships and prompt the band manager to consider leading a meditation with monks tour with backing band ‘Satans Minions.’  By the power of Greyskull.. no one died. A punch up did occur. Filming completed.

What won this Shoot was :  Wait for it…Team work, yes where no ‘i’ belongs.  Resilience, imagination, ripping off others ideas and persevering seeking the bigger picture. What one watches in hindsight though the looking glass in years to come. Becoming a coffin dodger is a daily Pac man challenge.
Big thanks for last minute leads, Angela Barker, who is also the manager who fortunately for some only used the boxing gloves ‘acting.’ Stepping in to the Trumpalumpa ‘Ronald Gump’ character. Notts Drag Queen, Madam Tesstickles (Steven Newbury) for the ‘Vanessa Theresamay’ hilarity. Talented true divas and excellent hilarious performances. The DJ’s, friends and families at Acacia Radio for giving us their time, featuring and letting us use their building and props. Kendal Louise Turley, who I first met in 2009 while recording an Idolins album at Confetti Studios, Nottingham. Joe our cameraman. Both very cool and talented folks.

Watch behind the scenes footage

Trump May punch up

Here are some pics. To follow…. hopefully a music video and making of documentary 😉

I became rather fixated Baywatch wise too…..

~ Claudine