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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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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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.

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~ Claudine

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.

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

Claudine West

Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton

Andrew Death

PP Johnson

On Your Radar 2017

From summertime acoustic doings to the big expand. A small step but giant stride into the wild.
Music by its pure design evokes and evolution of mind and spirit, along with uncontrollably movements in body. Euphoria swiftly follows. Drawing upon emotions of past and present.

Strange Currencies members PP Johnson (vocals) and Claudine West multi-instruments & drums) decided to put it out to the electronic universe that they needed the full tool kit. Being themselves the nuts and bolts.

It smiled kindly as acknowledgement of their efforts should come in the form of Andrew Death (pronounced ‘Dee-ath’) on guitar/ multi-instruments and Bassist Trev ‘Bassey’ Easton. With additional support from Robert ‘Too Tall’ Batchelor. The summer gigs are lining up fast.


After a couple of rehearsals in the middle of making the album ‘Making Monsters.’

There are some serious undertows of electrifying performance. Their sound?

A combination at the same time of Drums, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica and Vocals. From upbeat festival crowd pleasers to sublime rock road trips. A variety of styles make the strange current and a blip on your radar.

I Don’t Dance

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Into 2017 … Strange Currencies

As we wind down the gigs of 2016.  Oh and its just been a blast for our debut year in Strange Currencies. An EP and ironic iconic Single ‘American Saviour’ out. ‘Making Monsters’ the new record is being made over the winter months. We’ve just got back from a gig in Portsmouth where we had a great time. In true Xmas spirit with William H Bear, raffles, donkeys and PP’s bulging sack. (Thanks you folks for coming)


So we head on wards and outwards from our ‘Spitting Distance Tour in Nottingham.’ A few hangovers later, bitch fits, shits and giggles, a few road trips behind us. A lot of new adventures ahead. Seeking out the opportunities for ‘support locally’ has now expanded. As knocking on ‘closed doors’ is futile and energy consuming which is better spent elsewhere when we don’t tick ‘certain’ criteria. There very well may be a ‘Oops well in hindsight’ future action. When the shoe is on the other foot disco dancing down the yellow brick road, past a hurricane down the fast lane…Everything glitters.

From the birth of this band in April ’16.  After our name became from the REM song. To the fruition of the first live sets in July ’16.

We were chatting the other day during rehearsal about the 40 years music experience between us both. In fact we chatted about stuff that can neither be remembered or repeated. Cheeky Vimto experiments and a bottle bank box full later…We are still fresh souls, if a little older in drinking habits, and probably more constructive and creative with experience. Something in ones wild wide eyed teens and 20’s that was of no concern.

I’m personally excited now we can really indulge and crack on with recording. As the bands sound is expanding. Finding live members to fill things out is an investment of time, the law of attractions and networking. The fruitful tree of talented souls just need shaking from some higher branches for the expansion.  This music industry is ‘a changing.’ From the Karaoke led machine that cracks the commercial time bomb…to the ageist elitists shallow wanderers of waters. Hope lies in the longevity of bands that are masters of their own destiny. The genuine opportunity givers that don’t view a short skirt and make up as pure talent. The folks that listen beyond a demo and help realise the potential for pleasure. Yes there is funding out there for some. There is also the catch 22 of trying to get your music out there and gain an audience. Where the funding will give if you already have fans. GET NEW FANS GET FANS GET MORE FANS!  The advice. Hard graft, perseverance, networking, resilience, self belief and keep making the music that is your best. Invest your time and energy into the things that count. Playing to nobody who is interested every week is futile. But finding an opportunity to seek that one person that can make a difference or that really enjoys what you do is amazing and achievable. I’ve seen dead people, I see the one hit wonders… I see that artists and bands that died trying. I see the ones that are still going. Much respect. They tried, they created, they split up, some died. We’ve lost a lot of good ones to the Angels this year. But some cherubs are crawling out of the cracks of the floorboards. ‘Pitter Pattering’ their new sounds like white noise.


Thank you folks that have listened and new folks that have enjoyed. For the people who have turned their backs (FCUK YOU !). For the fans that believe in great music. Strange Currencies move into 2017 with a sense of achievement and hangovers. Whoop Whoop! Ride the pony on the love train baby!


‪@Acacia_Radio Strange Currencies will be performing live on Acacia Radio this weekend.‬

– Claudine

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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


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