April 2016, Nottingham. UK: Put Two ex-Rock Band members together (Subway Circus)
One Female Drummer and one Rocking powerful Vocalist. You could even say veterans of their art.
Transfer the Female Drummer (Claudine West: Multi-Instrumentalist) to the Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Keyboards,Backing Vocals, lyric and composition duties.
Singer (PP Johnson) bringing his Lyrics, ideas powerful voice and raw talent to acoustic based ditties.
Bung in the visual artistic stuff.
Throw in a load of influences such as:
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)
Write a load of songs together and rework some back catalogue gems and embryos.
Write and record a debut EP. Call it ‘Strange Currencies.’
Whilst writing and recording the debut album. Calling it ‘Making Monsters’
As well as the usual Love, Death, Politics, Broken Homes, Manta rays…Moon cups….Myths. The writing is on the wall:
Society Turbulence Rage Addiction Narcissism Generativity Environment
Clowns Unusual Rejection Resilience Ego Nurture Crime Indiscretions Excuses Spirituality
Continue to evolve as a band…
Throw in some great guest harmonica from Robert ‘Too Tall’ Bachelor.
Release on Digital Stores 10th September 2016.
Take it out live as an acoustic duo and play 25 dates + and counting.
SOUNDS LIKE… Acoustic elements of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Tenacious D and Progressive REM.
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..