American Saviour

‘Laugh now but one day I’ll make America great Again!’ American Saviour : RELEASE DATE DIGITAL STORES DECEMBER 3RD 2016

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American Saviour

This is not just an ADVENTURE…. It’s a HAPPENING….It’s a NEW WORLD ORDER EVENT!

Strange Currencies single, released on digital stores December 3rd 2016.

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We hear the roar of fans… Hellaujahyeah! This is a funky monster of a record that will have you singing along to the chorus like a beastie in the bushes with a lollipop in one hand and a toupee in the other.Turn it up in your vehicle, your cans, your in ears to harass neighbours, at BBQ s and dance like you’re a shivering kangaroo on a cake walk in a hurricane. Or even…..

“Jump on board let’s ride the pony, one by one go marching in.” 

With a pledge. It begins. “Ride the Pony” make a promise… kick it off with a walrus howl, a banjo riff and an comb-over quiff. Hell unleashes a war of woo hoo’s.

We had oodles of fun making this. The music was originally a concept, then a mess about idea involving body movements I cannot possibly discuss as you had to be there, for a bit of fun. Through the rejected orphans come the serial killers and trending chillers that break on through to the other side. With no direct reference to ‘My Little Pony.’ You never know it may appear with Rick Astley on ‘Now 100!’

So the challenge to recreate as a duo live with the aid of a loop pedal a plectrum and no cheating….  We wish ourselves luck and sober rehearsals. Enjoy.


RELEASE DATE DIGITAL STORES DECEMBER 3RD 2016. From the forthcoming 2017 release ‘Making Monsters’ 


American Saviour   

Pick up the pen 

And make your mark 

Just know that I’ve had your back 

Since from the start 

Don’t you go looking too hard 

For the small print 

Because this gift to the world 

Is heaven sent 

Is heaven sent 

It’s heaven…sent 

Jump on-board let’s ride the pony

One by one go marching in

Don’t forget to pray to heaven 

Tell me what’s my line again 

This is the charge 

Answer the call 

Here’s comes the action man to save us all

A mighty wind of change 

Blows up the storm 

But if I say the wrong thing 

Deny it all

Deny it all

Deny it…all

Jump on-board let’s ride the pony 

One by one go marching in 

Don’t forget to pray to heaven 

Tell me what’s my line again 

Oh can you see 

What’s oh so clear 

That this here land of the free 

Is drenched in fear

But if you give me the chance 

I’ll keep you safe 

The only game in town 

Come pledge your faith 

Come pledge your faith 

Come place your…faith 

Jump on-board let’s ride the pony 

One by one go marching in 

Don’t forget to pray to heaven 

Tell me what’s my line again 

Jump on-board let’s ride the pony 

One by one go marching in 

Don’t forget to pray to heaven 

Tell me what’s my line again 

I am a shining star 

I can touch what I want 

©PP Johnson/C.West 2016

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Live on Acacia Radio: Strange Currencies

Yes its selfie time again! Strange Currencies at Acacia Radio with Presenters Shaun and Ian Fiddlesticks Hales. On 1287 AM Stream HEREimg_8246

We spent a fabulous couple of hours with the lovely folk at Acacia Radio on 5th November 2016. Although Fireworks were not let off. We enjoyed bacon and sausage cobs, banter and charming company. Tales of Tena men, the true origins of our birth locations, ‘Claud Greengrass’ variations. We cheated at the quiz by getting Ange with a co conspirator…who will remain ‘nameless’ to google the answers as she sat behind Ian! Ha ha ha

We also performed some of our songs live. Including a Rock Rollin’ Banjo cover version of Never Going To Give You Up.

Strange Currencies are:

PP Johnson – Vocals

Claudine West – Instruments / Backing Vocals


Maddening Skies

I Don’t Dance


Never Gonna Give You Up

Razor Face

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This station is doing a great job for musicians, with regular artist slots. We also indulged in some jingle making afterwards. (My new career sex line voice and PP’s potential radio show presenter role gave us both new meaning in our lives.)

Watch clips from the Facebook live broadcast here:

Part 1

Part 2



The Spitting Distance Tour 2016

As we trip further into the rabbit hole. A tumble weed of change approaches. Ever evolving, not withholding.  Its been a good ride so far. As we edge towards our final date of the 25 date Spitting Distance Tour 2016. (July 2016-End of October 2016) There is a sense of rejuvenation and eagerness to crack on with new material. Our Debut EP was realized and released. Not bad going since forming in April 2016. We’ve met some fabulous folks. Networked a bit too. Played alongside the wonderful harmonica player Robert ‘Too Tall’ Bachelor. Making ponderers aware his ‘suspicious’ looking belt is not made up of incendiary devises. We wish him well in America and will see him again very soon.   Privileged to get super gigs though performing at open mic nights. its rather becoming going out there with a brand new bang! Speaking of which… This darkness brings lucid memories. Remembrance. Finger ends like leather, hangover hell fire. The realization that lemonade and cider cuts vocal chords not applauds. We been clapped, ignored. Continue to make a lovely list for future reference of the good, the bad and the damn right awful never play again venues. We are now doing gig for a good bunch of promoters. Big thanks to I’m Not From London, Roots Acoustic and Bad Time For Bonzo, Steve Oliver. We’ve played the Hockley Hustle 2 years running in 2 different bands. Bunkers Hill and outside Homemade on its 10 year anniversary. New songs on the way. Semi hibernation while new creations area birthed at Claudsville Studios. Not too shoddy from a pair of ‘Divas’ (Well I can only speak for what I’ve been called and tar PP with the same brush for the hell of it!)

Big thanks to Ange and all who have and are supporting our passion that is music.

 Unfortunately Rick Astley has not replied to our @strangecu tweets. Even after doing a Rick Rolled banjo cover! Moving on.. maybe more luck with Shakin’ Stevens? On a serous note.  Live music in 2016 has involved meets and music chats with the charming Chris Helme, Nigel Clark from Dodgy, Mark Morriss, Inkubus Sukkubus. Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer. Its been a productive time. Band links and pictures:




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Strange Currencies EP : Strange Currencies

 Unwrap Strange Currencies…The sonorous superb vocals of PP Johnson. With an eclectic acoustic foundation, this is rock music for the soul. The multi instrumentation of Claudine West emits rhythmical eloquence with alternative undertones. Lyrical diversity walks between parallel lines of the hauntingly uplifting. With gems such as ‘The Last Refuge.’ This creative duo radiate powerful live performances, which are stripped down to the bone, invoking a zephyr that turns a hurricane.

Released 10.09.16

The Debut 2016 Strange Currencies #Rockustic EP

Featuring harmonica player, Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor. (Who they discovered at a live mic night.)

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Released digitally 10th September 2016

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Described as ‘SUBLIME’ by Filthy’s, Nottingham.

Formed in April 2016, Nottingham duo Strange Currencies began writing and recording their eponymous debut EP and their 2017 debut album ‘Making Monsters.’

Featuring the powerful raw vocals of PP Johnson (No Empire, Subway Circus) and multi-instrumentalist Claudine West (The Idolins, Subway Circus)

They began performing at local open mic nights to promote their music and have thus far worked with local promoters such as ‘Bad Time For Bonzo’ and ‘I’m Not From London.’

They describe their eureka moment as an eclectic style they call ROCKUSTIC: fusing such styles as Rock, Country and Folk (to name but a few). Influenced by 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. (with the band name taken from the R.E.M. song).


Strange Currencies EP Track Listing

  1. I Don’t Dance

A catchy acoustic funky track about today’s drinking culture. Intoxication being the only way to willingly get on the dance floor (for people of a certain age). Featuring guest harmonica by Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor, whom the pair met on a live mic night at The Doghouse in Carlton, Nottingham.

  1. The Last Refuge

They say prayer is the last refuge of the scoundrel. This haunting acoustic track tells of a drug addict who, while overdosing, turns to god in their final moments.


  1. Razor Face

The mandolin accompanies this tale of the end of a long and failing relationship.

“ ‘Cause you and I are lost to the circus

You’re chasing pictures of bumper cars

And I know it’s your space not mine

I’m just making up the numbers

And if you think I’m out of line

Then I’m happy to let you”



Gig listing – The Spitting Distance Tour 2016

Manager  Angela Barker 07887490203


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#EP Strange Currencies Sampler 17/08/16

Due for digital stores release 10th September 2011. Listen to Strange Currencies Debut #EP #Promo

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Live Dates 2016- Strange Currencies


The Spitting Distance Tour 2016

17th October -The Maze, Nottingham – The Something Sessions

9th October 2016 – Hockley Hustle : Bunkers Hill, Nottingham 

20th September – Wellington Inn, Eastwood

18th September – Great Northern, Langley Mill 

13th September – Little Acorn, Ilkeston 

4th September – Brown Cow, Mansfield 

3rd September 2016 – The Lady Bay Festival, Nottingham

1st September The Angel Micro Brewery, Nottingham : Open Mic 

27th August – The Golden Fleece, Beer Festival, Nottingham

26th August – Rose Of England, Nottingham 

23rd August – Pepper Rocks live mic, Nottingham

11th August – The Golden Fleece, Nottingham – Open Mic Party

 9th August – Filthy’s – Spotlight 10pm – 10:30pm, Nottingham

6th August 2016 – The Bath Inn, Nottingham

2nd August – Filthy’s live mic ‘Spotlight’ Nottingham

27th July 2016 – The Jam Cafe, Nottingham – Open Mic

21st July 2016 – Thursday Night Music Club, Nottingham – The Doghouse

30th June 2016 The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham Live Debut)



Adventures in Live Mic Nights 

As a new band. We get the material written, rehearsed, performed, recorded. Then it’s time for the audiences and fan collecting…. ‘Fannymon Go!’ We thought.. Ok. Let’s prove ourselves. Let’s do the live mic night circuit. Trying out craft ales. With The JamCafe… 

The Doghouse ticked these last couple of weeks. 

Plus a visit to watch, Reverend and The Makers, The Bluetones, Shed Seven and Ocean Colour Scene in Leeds was inspiring.

We are working through the Nottingham list first. This way we get to play venues that wouldn’t normally offer us a gig, while we build up the set list and performance practice. Collaborating with promoters and venues. Team working. We are acoustically what we are and not every venues cup of tea. So I’ll monitor how many doors are slammed or not responded to. I like to remember you see. Always comes in handy later on 😉 I’ve just come off the drum kit and back into other instruments such as guitar, mandolin, keyboard. So it’s useful to practice til my left hand finger tips harden like old leather. I suffer more pre match nerves on these than hiding behind cymbals and sat down cozily at the back on my seating arrangement! Plus networking is great! We’re about to record a very talented harmonica player on one of our songs at Claudsville Studios. A great find and lovely gentleman.. We saw him perform and chatted at a live mic night. It’s not about poaching. It’s collaboration. Featured musicians! Where ‘Join my band’ fails to find collaborators that share the same dream and tick boxes. ‘Musicianimon Go!’ Does. So that’s our plan. As gig offers roll in.. Not too shoddy from a band that began in April 2016. With an almost finished #EP and songs from the new album in progress.

I at times wish for the time to do this full time. I’m riding the productive and inspired rainbow, past orions belt of adventures. It’s non stop and fabulous. But the day job pays the bills and travel adventures… Oh and instruments and stuff… As we develop as a live act, we gather new friends and many good memories along they way. Yesterday at the beach bandstand at Southsea, Portsmouth. We sat in the sun simmering. Listening to a few covers bands. 

People were dancing to well know songs. You know what? Not bad performances of them. There is a big danger with covers! They can destroy a song if done badly! I’ve seen my fair share of acts and egos. But high five for getting up on stage to anyone. We stick to originals. If a cover opportunity arose. My opinion … Bring something new and different. As a musician I’d like to think I’m not an MP3 player. Recreating a copy. Creating something brand new out of 12 notes in a particular order is challenging. But ever so exciting and rewarding. Even old songs from the Claudvault are reinvented with style and prose. It is about working together with PP Johnson and achieving something pretty darn good. – ClaudimonGo! 

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R.E.M and Strange Currencies

After the deconstruction of our previous band in April 2016. PP and I pondered upon what direction to take the music. It was agreed that it wasn’t going to be a clone of the previous musical work. We decided to begin this as a duo. It continues as a duo. In studio we can add layers and experiment. We challenge ourselves live to recreate the raw energy of each song in its basic form. My journey into loop pedals has begun. Whilst all the instruments are excitedly queuing up for a go! Who are we, what do we mean to you. We let that be decided by other.  We draw upon the past for the story. The future for glory. We create a quagmire to move to. Let the shaking and toe tapping commence!

We are both huge fans of REM. Yet again we are both influenced by their music.  We chose an REM song for the band name. We didn’t want to become their music, but we do embrace it. But there lies the challenge. How does one write ‘Losing my Religion #2’ ???

The recording sessions at Claudsville Studios are inspiring and productive. Writing and recording the #EP along with the debut album. time is limited, putting enthusiastic pressure on ourselves is motivational. The perfectionist in us both, screams regularly whilst  communication between the 2 is relaxed, fun, respectful and constructive.

With sore fingers, a sweltering summer, glass recycling amounts to be embarrassed about.  While England shakes, we march into unknown territories.

We are currently hitting the live mic circuit to hone the live set. Encouraging reactions so far from, “Oh not another acoustic act!” to….”Oooh” #exactly and thanks for listening.

My backing vocals begin to form. A big challenge with at times complex guitar parts. But with practice, I’ll nail it.

Is cool just starting off all new again. Both committed, capable and creative. (I wont eat my words this time) 

We really did get the T-shirts too. Short and sweet.

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