1 Day. 2 Gigs. 2 Counties

The songs are slick, tight and readying for the studio session.  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!

https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/winners-annies-burger-shack-challenge-1862612

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

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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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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.’

 

 

http://ourstage.com/winners 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. 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.

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

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On CD at gigs or email us strangecurrencies@yahoo.com


Here are some photos too

~ 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.

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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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Its conception 2017

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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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