Battle of the coin

PERTH band the Money War are getting ready to blitzkrieg Perth this month.

The duo will shrug off the winter blues with warm harmonies and summer anthems as they support Holy Holy on their Australian tour.

Money War’s Dylan Ollivierre and Carmen Pepper were doing a road trip across America in 2015 when they used an iPhone to record songs inspired by their travels.

Trialling their material in a rundown San Francisco boozer, the pair caught the ear of producers Arne Frager (Prince, Paul McCartney) and Thom Monahan (Fruit Bats, Little Joy), who said they liked the songs and encouraged the duo to follow their dream.

The pair did exactly that and one year later they won Triple j Unearthed, landing a spot on the line-up for the 2015 Southbound festival.

• Money War’s Dylan Ollivierre and Carmen Pepper. Photo supplied

There is a real eclectic mix on Money War’s self-titled debut EP: channeling Fleetwood Mac in Recall, and Pepper’s ethereal vocals on the sombre, In the Dark.

Ollivierre wrote, produced, sang and played on the EP and says he is “hell keen” to be heading home to play venues where he used to hang out.

“There’s just something about Perth,” he says.

“We definitely have a culture of our own that’s really inclusive and really chilled out.”

Having played dives, sell-out festivals, and everything in between, Ollivierre says intimate gigs are his favourite.

“Festivals are cool, they’re a lot bigger, but at intimate shows the sound’s better and you can really focus on the songs,” he says.

“We are all about songs that convey a really strong feeling.”

The duo’s latest single Right Kind of Love, is a dreamy mirage of percussion, strumming and Ollivierre’s smooth vocals; but he says he wasn’t in a good frame of mind when he wrote it.

“There are so many horrible things going on in the world,” he says.

“I guess it puts a positive spin on a shit situation.”

The accompanying video has footage from the pair’s travels, as well as some great shots of Fremantle’s West End.

The single is from Money War’s upcoming second EP, which will be released later this year.

The duo have been performing in a beefed-up five-piece for the last month while opening for Aussie indie-rockers Holy Holy.

Set to be an indie-rock wet dream, you can catch the Money War and Holy Holy at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Northbridge on Friday, July 14.

Doors 8pm, tickets $30+bf.

by CHARLIE SMITH

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