Quite simply, Strange Currencies is Rock music for the soul. Offering up something strange, something eloquent, refreshing, rhythmical and blissful. An accomplished originals band, Strange Currencies present to you talented musicians from Derby/Nottingham, performing a hybrid of rock, funk, blues and beyond. In comparison, our music sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Pearl Jam meets progressive REM.

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Formed in early 2016 in Nottingham, England originally as an acoustic duo with a view to recruit on the road, the band completed a 27 date acoustic tour of the Midlands in 2016.

PP Johnson brings his words, production knowledge and masterful voice to a combined sound that can only be described as Strange Currencies. Claudine West is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist/composer and songwriter. Often performing with mandolin and drums on stage and keyboards and acoustic guitars in the studio.

The Derby/Nottingham hybrid formation and expansion of sound and styles in 2017 saw the addition of Derby guitarist, Andrew Death and Steve Canner on bass. Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor regularly joins in on harmonica.  Strange Currencies were December 2017 Rock Grand Final Winners and Indie Rock Winners for track ‘Carnival Of Fools.’ from their debut album ‘Making Monsters‘ on Ourstage. This eclectic band can adapt and jump from acoustic sets to full rock sets: https://strangecu.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/automatic/

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The Who, The Doors, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Bobby Womack, Foo Fighters, Tori Amos, Black Sabbath, Jose Gonzalez and Suzanne Vega and R.E.M.


Debut Album  ‘Making Monsters’  2017 release.

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‘When oceans collide…Vocals ripsaw into the essence of vibrations. With the stunning raw vocals and passion of PP Johnson. Claudine West (Multi-Instrumentalist extraordinaire) Songwriting talents that produce things from the dark, the light and in between. Strange Currencies are the band that we always wanted to be in..’ 

The Band

Paul ‘PP’ Johnson – Vocals

Claudine West – Drums/Multi-Instruments

Steve Canner – Bass

Andrew Death – Guitar

Design-Websites-Blog-Media- PP Johnson/Claudine West

Manager – Angela Barker Contact

Songs by PP Johnson/Claudine West/Andrew Death/Steve Canner

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‘The incredibly creative and original STRANGE CURRENCIES will also be taking to the stage; prepare for PP Johnson’s resounding vocals and Claudine West’s extraordinary musical skills on the guitar, mandolin, and basically any instrument! The dynamic of the two being ex-Rock band members but making beautiful Folk music together is delicious, strange, but intriguing. In a few words, it’s like Foo Fighters gone Peter Gabriel!’  Nusic 2017