The Money War was conceived while Dylan Ollivierre (Rainy Day Women) and Carmen Pepper (Warning Birds) drove across the US in late 2015. Inspired by the trip, a pile of iPhone demos were created. After a chance meeting with producers Thom Monahan (Fruit Bats, Little Joy) and Arne Frager (Prince, Paul McCartney) in a dive bar in San Francisco, the duo were convinced of the value of the demos and began work on materializing a record. Dylan started writing songs when he was 13 and soon began to figure out the recording process. “I got a 4 track cassette tape machine for my 16th Birthday and have been working on production since then”.
Dylan’s family is from Bequia, in the Caribbean, where his father worked as a shipwright on Bob Dylan’s boat ‘Water Pearl’. “I got to meet Bob Dylan a few times as he was a friend of my parents. I played guitar with him and talked a little about song writing. I wish I could have the conversation now because I would appreciate it so much more."
After being unearthed by Triple J, ‘Recall’ from the band’s debut EP became the 5th most played song of the year on Triple J Radio for 2017, helping the band grow their fan base in Australia and subsequently opening doors in the US. The band received praise from their peers including Neil Finn who expressed his admiration of the band’s songwriting after he watched them side of stage supporting him prior to heading to Austin, Texas to showcase at South by Southwest.
The Money War have been receiving airplay on numerous radio stations across the US including SiriusXM, KEXP, CJAM FM, KXRN California and WLKK New York. They’ve also been riding high on college radio charts and this exposure was clearly evident at SXSW where fans turned out to shows with the recognition of the songs on their lips. Several blogs including ‘Space City Rock’ and ‘We Are The Guard’ highlighted The Money War as one of the best acts at SXSW.
The Money War’s latest single ‘Hollywood’ marks a significant progression in the band’s sound, production values and songwriting. The cinematic, dream-pop mood conveys a sense of despair with Carmen Pepper’s ethereal vocal underscored by a wondrously swelling, atmospheric soundtrack. ‘Hollywood’ is due for release August 24 and is the first single taken from the band’s forthcoming, debut album.