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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Pilgrim Commuter

Pilgrim Commuter -Strange Currencies


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.’



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

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

Here are some photos too

~ Claudine

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


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.

iTunes Link

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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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:




Live Dates

Official Website






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.)

From Strange Currencies

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strangecu press release 2016


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Released digitally 10th September 2016

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strangecu press release 2016

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

Email  strangecurrencies@yahoo.com

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