The Fishpond January 2019 Strange Currencies

Strange Currencies are in the middle recording their 2nd album Pilgrim Commuter.  Their first gig of 2019 was at The Fishpond in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Hosted by Molly May.

Pilgrim Commuter

Stranger Things 

Until There Was You

In Your World

 Jam Session with Ted on Sax

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Until There Was You :-: Strange Currencies

A Strange Currencies exclusive gig with debuted 2 brand new evolving tracks for our 2019 album.  We wrapped up our last gig of 2018 at Head Of Steam, Nottingham.  Before flu season and S.A.D. really grabs some by the boo boos. Be nice to others and keep grateful, happy, warm and healthy folks. We are now midway through album production. Hosted by Roots Live Music (Chris Barlow – we love you)
Big thanks to support from Billy Reynolds

2018 has been progressive and productive for us as a band. Have a great and blessed New Year. Hope can be found in the darkest of places. Sometimes you have just got to change things if they are troublesome. Ask for help. Seek answers. Breathe in the breeze, ride the storms. Nature, music, laughter, exercise, good food is a great healer.

Festivals and gigs lining up for 2019.

Pilgrim Commuter
Until There Was You


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Pilgrim Commuter Exclusive

When it comes to the sneaky preview after a flu jab and too much Desperado. The sneaky preview awoke the masses this morning. We present to you a live clip of the track Pilgrim Commuter from our forthcoming album. Enjoy – Strange Currencies

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Rock Music From The Midlanders

Having supported Mark Morriss of The Bluetones at The Lady Bay Festival 2018. Strange Currencies are on the verge of not being ignored.

And so ladies and gents, we’ve scored our second number one of the year! We’ve topped DFM (Digital Future Radio’s) Unsigned chart for this week with our track, Razor Face. Thank you to all that voted for us. We managed a whopping 70% of the vote, which allowed us to take the number one slot. Awesome work, guys. We quite literally couldn’t have done it without you.

We also present a FREE download of our debut album ‘Making Monsters’ on Soundcloud and Bandcamp – Go here >>>



After a hell of a heatwave, summer festivals and wasp terrors. We are settling down with Rusks, WD-40, Desperado and Vimto to create our 2nd album on a shoestring budget. There has been much internal discussion and debate of late as to how we evolve as a band. Big thanks to Stuart Belsham @ PRS and Jamie Pullman @ Musicians Union for great advice. We regularly attend Nottingham Nusic Events to get tips and brutal hilarity from other industry professionals and frustrated locals. Then people scamper with their CD, on a potential promise of a listen for radio play, that rarely happens. Persist with your greatest work kids, then still expect rejection. It’s a cutthroat business. Attentive listening and raw hard hitting honesty for the up and coming youth, from Andrew Trendell at NME, Chantelle Fiddy at Mixmag, Merlin Alderslade at Metal Hammer, Tshepo Mokoena at Noisey. Kate Holder at Radio 1, Daniel P Carter at Radio 1, Sian Anderson 1xtra Dj, Mike Walsh at Radio X and more love spreading shizzle.

Within this quagmire swamp and over populated industry. Where literally anybody can watch a YouTube tutorial and create a beat and a track on their phone. Where to stand out? Well…A pact with the Devil, a pet Tardigrade, pleasant hamster looks, luck, great tunes, shite tunes, Bezzie mate contacts are most likely needed. A lot of ‘support’ in Notts music, as other scenes, caters to supporting youth and pretty things. (Some of us clearly spent too much time getting battered in hermitsville and studio, in bands that never lasted long. Shy and clueless in ones formative years to better promoting our work..) or in truth, was it just shite? Or did one open the wrong door when opportunity knocked? Maturity, wisdom and all that Jazz. Everything in the past lead to now. Happy days!

Owners of our very own master recordings and the songwriters… 🖖

Strange Currencies transport our visions in Wi-Fi, Hi-Fi our lives to you. 2018 has been fruity. With a necklace of sharks teeth, a baby rattle and humbug, a strange instrument that sounds like a frozen kebab and squawks subliminal messages in reverse. We danced fully clothed round a fire with rhubarb cider and choked when the wind was in the wrong direction!

With drum stools specially prepared in our rehearsal room @ Octave Rooms, Nottingham.

Check out this beauty

We rejoice that winter is coming. We are pretty excited and satisfied that we can get a decent music thing out to you all.

The darkness brews very well played tracks that we have been performing on the circuit for a while. Whilst whole band is jamming. Drum tracking with Claudine West ‘miked up’ in a rehearsal room in Derby..

Then Andy Death is overdubs/ is re-recording his guitar parts. Steve Canner will utilising his many bass pedals.

Claudine West and PP Johnson will then crack on with getting vocals laid down at ‘Claudsville studio.’ Then any keyboard parts.

In other news..

Question to audience chatting through live set. “Who would like to hear a gig?” (Massive cheer)

“Who would like to talk through a gig?” (Silence) 👍🙏

A performing musicians constant frustration! Support or headline. Shut up and listen. Very well said Jesca Hoop! We saw her when she supported José González & The String theory at Albert Hall, Manchester. He also stopped playing mid song and waited for a member of the audience to shut the fcuk up.

P.S. There are the good ‘uns like Chris Barlow at Roots Music that has been great from day #1. We love you. Thanks also to The Black Market Venue, The Kimberley Jam. Ey Up Mi Duck Festival, Lady Bay Festival and the rest for having us.

Special thanks to Isaac Walters, Bob J Cat and Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor for joining us on stage and filling in.





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1 Day. 2 Gigs. 2 Counties

The songs are slick, tight and readying for the studio session. That is just our opinion.  If you haven’t yet experienced the pleasure of watching Strange Currencies…A band on the verge of not being ignored :-0… They present to you a pleasantly surprisingly good mix of rock, funk and blues original music ditties. Give a like Facebook


The summer heatwave is in its full sweaty, sweary Mary, sloth like day slumbers, after ‘no proper sleep’ at night shenanigans. We endured ‘The Beast From The East’ which gifted many with snow, chaos and commuter Hell. These are the sweltering times of unbearable armpits, Velcro sticky thighs, sunburn, dead lawns, sugar tax, frayed tempers, food banks and flat screen TV’s, sweaty underboobage for the ladies and for the blokes…let us say:

When a biscuity bollocks combination of digestives and overbearing aroma of supermarket fish counter on a bad day, mated, had kids, partied with maggots… then festered in wheelie bin with tins of opened dog meat. Were later found in a stagnant swamp with a very used rehearsal studio velvet padded drum stool. That stench then sits next to you on an empty bus, when you have a really bad hangover. This is the aftermath and endurance battle of heatwave Britain. We don’t have home air con and are not used to this deserted humidity, aka mugginess. There is little escape, bar a wet flannel and noisy fan in ones bedroom.

So before the dog days end, with swarming ‘bastard’ wasps, ineffective insect repellent, screams, sweat stinging eyes, rhubarb cider… the music began…

The band played 2 gigs, 2 counties on Saturday the 4th August. With some seriously good musical instrumentation from Steve Canner (Bass) Andrew Death (Guitar) Claudine West..Yes a female drummer! (Drums, Mandolin) Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor (Harmonica and charm) complemented by the sonorous vocals of PP Johnson.

An intimate and loud afternoon set with not a snifter of a cover version in sight. The Brandy Wharf Festival happened by the river Ancholme ‘in the shadow of the Lincolnshire Wolds.’ It’s in its infancy and run by The Black Market venue team. Thank you for all of your hospitality, refreshments and Chilli.

Photos: Tina Sherwood @ Rock Shotz

Strange Currencies perform ‘Stranger Things‘ at Brandy Wharf Festival 2018.

Then we scurried back to Nottingham to Annie’s Burger Shack for an evening set. (Thanks for the beer and Delta burgers too! Cheers Annie! Much appreciated.)

Unfortunately we missed watching and VERY not participating in the DEATHRAY CHALLENGE!

Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor in a Too Tall deck chair!


Wait for it…..

ENJOY! ‘Mrs Slocombe’s Pussy‘ Annie’s Burger Shack Seaside Party. (With a really inappropriate YouTube automatic thumbnail)

The funky and single from our forthcoming album: ‘From The Floor‘ featuring Mr Andrew Death on guitar.

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Strange Cu News June

Well well well. Strange Currencies have been holidaying. But are playing festivals this year mostly. (Which we are thoroughly enjoying) We have been writing (in some fusty and sweaty rehearsal rooms) and performing new material. We begin recording a new album ‘old style’ over the coming months. That is all for now. Ta ta


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Grand Final Winners and Indie Rock Winners

Strange Currencies became the Ourstage December 2017

Rock Grand Final Winners and Indie Rock Winners for ‘Carnival Of Fools.’


Track is from eclectic debut album. ‘Making Monsters.’ December 2017

2018: After a winter break. The bands are working on new material for a new album and will record an EP.  Along with Festival and gig dates. 2018 is musically fruitful!

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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.

The folkesque and witty Star Botherers 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.

Razor Face

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
On CD at gigs or email us

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~ Claudine

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.





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


Claudine West – Keyboards

Track 2

In Your World

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


Track 3

Gypsy Disco

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


Track 4

I Don’t Dance

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


Track 5

Space In Time

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Acoustic Guitar/Keyboards


Track 6

Maddening Skies

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


Track 7

This Girl

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


Track 8

American Saviour

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


Watch the video! American Saviour

Track 9

Stay Down Kid

PP Johnson – Vocals
Claudine West – Guitar/Lyrics


Track 10

Carnival Of Fools

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


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


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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