JUNE 2019 Just three months after the release of their debut album ‘Home’, The Money War are back with their new single ‘Life Is Better In Dreams’. The track was inspired by a recent trip back to Ollivierre’s homeland: the Caribbean island of Bequia. The result was a creative period where Ollivierre and Pepper penned an album worth of new songs.
“It’s been 10 years since I visited and it’s reconnected me with a stronger sense of who I am,” he says. “It’s such a different way of life over there and a lot of things made sense - the way I am, the kind of music I gravitate towards”. This shines through in the new EP with some deeply personal songs that come as a direct response to their lives over the last few months. The first single ‘Life is better in dreams’ - self produced by the duo - is a joyous ride of nostalgia that takes you into the minds of both Ollivierre and Pepper. The accompanying video clip shows them in their natural habitats; Pepper as a youngster on her family farm in regional WA and a young Ollivierre in the Caribbean. “We wanted to make a song that felt like one of those strange dreams that you wake up from and think, WTF? I came up with the song in a dream which is some crazy inception shit when you think about it” explains Ollivierre.
Since their formation in 2015, their success has seen them touring nationally with the likes of Meg Mac, Dope Lemon, Holy Holy, Neil Finn, and playing festivals both at home and abroad (Southbound, FOTSUN, SXSW). They’ve amassed over a million streams and multiple playlist adds on Spotify, secured airplay on radio stations across the globe including BBC6 (UK), KCRW (USA), NPR (USA) and cracked college radio charts in the US. In Australia, multiple singles received airplay on RTR, FBi, 4zzz and Double J, and “Recall” went on to be Triple J’s 5th most played track of 2017.
The 5 track EP - due for release in September - beckons you into the lives of The Money War through the strength of the band’s songwriting. The Money War will be embarking on a national tour in support of the EP including showcasing at Bigsound.
DEBUT ALBUM - MARCH 2019 2019 brings them – and us – Home. Written in various locations around the world as the pair found themselves creatively beyond each of their previous bands, as well as weathering life’s ups and downs, Homeis ponderance and reassurance. Everything Ollivierre and Pepper have learnt and experienced over the last few years has been laid down in exquisite layers on this self-recorded and self produced album.
“It feels good and is a relief in some ways,” Ollivierre says of finally releasing a debut LP, which was self-recorded and produced. “It’s always weird releasing something that you worked on some time ago. Fortunately, I feel very proud of all the songs on the album and still feel they represent us. I’m cursed with being a perfectionist and always hang all my hopes on bettering what we’ve done with the next release.”
The title track of Home is also the band’s latest single. A Tom-Petty-meets-The-Beach-Boys flavoured breath of fresh air that is gently insistent… “Carmen and I are both quite spiritual in our own ways although we don’t really subscribe to any particular religion,” Ollivierre explains. “The ‘home’ we are talking about in the song is the place inside you were you keep all of the things that are dear to you - a metaphor for the place that your heart lives.”
“Travelling has made me realise how music can have such a connection with memories,” Pepper adds. “It’s crazy how even just one song can completely bring you back to a time or place. ‘Home’, the song, is a very special one for me and encapsulates a few different emotional times that I went through in the last year or two. I feel like that will always be one of those songs that completely brings me back to a time and place.” Time, place and memory are the insightful elements that travel throughout the album. Previous singles Hey Now, Recalland Hollywood revel in these themes, while hinting at new musicalities. “I think when you hear those three songs you can hear us exploring where our sound can go,” Ollivierre states. “They all still sound like The Money War, but each are taking some cues from different genres. I hope that everything we release will continue to improve as we keep learning and experiencing things.”
Ollivierre's father grew up in Bequia, an island in the Caribbean, where he worked as a shipwright, including on Bob Dylan’s boat, Water Pearl. As a result, the young Ollivierre met Dylan several times. “I played guitar with him and talked a little about songwriting,” he recalls. “I wish I could have the conversation now because I would appreciate it so much more. The interesting thing he said about guitar playing is that ‘it’s all about the right (rhythm) hand’.”
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