For Carmen Pepper and Dylan Ollivierre, years of travelling and international jetsetting have had a huge effect on their musical influence and inspiration behind The Money War. With the release of their EP Life Is Better In Dreams, The Money War are at the height of their tranquil endeavours.
Life Is Better In Dreams is the latest EP from The Money War and is a juxtaposition between serenity and chaos to produce a collection of songs that are fuelled by holiday nostalgia.
Life Is Better In Dreams is inspired by the band’s various travels, converging their experiences into a musical project. From Olliverre’s ancestral home of Bequia in the Caribbean Islands to New York’s sheer immutable metropolis, listeners can delve further into the band’s ability to heighten nostalgia and resonance in songwriting.
It’s no surprise that creating music based on travelling comes easy to The Money War, with the band forming whilst on a US road trip. From receiving airplay in Europe and America to playing gigs at SXSW and Festival Of The Sun to touring with Meg Mac, Dope Lemon, Holy Holy and Neil Finn, The Money War have found well-deserved widespread acclaim from both the industry and fans alike.
Having spent so much time together, Olliverre and Pepper’s harmonies are not only well trained but naturally twin-like. Their voices fit together like a glove on the dreamy, acoustic opener, I Won’t Be Around, plucking the heartstrings with a familiar forlorn sting.
Let Love In, sung by Pepper, is a high-mark for the collection. The repetition of ‘Let love find you, let love find a way, let love in,’ dowses the somewhat sad song in an optimistic coating. And indeed, the entire EP is pervaded with a sense of optimism, sparking hope and dreamy longing of Summer days throughout.
The Money War also released a stunning clip for the title track Life Is Better in Dreams. From an uplifting chorus to an appealing visual accompaniment that features film footage of young Ollivierre in the Caribbean and young Pepper on her family farm in rural WA, there is a deeply personal feel to The Money War’s productions and this closing track bookends the EP with a positive flourishing.
In a statement, Ollivierre explains; “We wanted to make a song that felt like one of those strange dreams that you wake up from and think, WTF? I can up with the song in a dream which is some crazy inception shit when you think about it.”
Check out Life Is Better in Dreams above and catch them at doing the tour rounds across Australia during August/September. For tickets and event info head here.
The Money War – Life Is Better In Dreams Tour
August 30 – The Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury WA
August 31 – The Aardvark, Fremantle WA
September 3-5 – BIGSOUND Festival, Brisbane QLD
September 6 – The Chippo Hotel, Sydney NSW
September 7 – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne VIC
September 13 – The River, Margaret River WA