Dylan Ollivierre who wrote and produced ‘Hollywood’ explains, “In the past year, Carmen and I both had people close to us pass away. There’s a hospital in Perth called ‘Hollywood’ and I always pondered its ironic name. We were in LA when I got the news that a family member was passing away and the lyrics starting forming from there. We wanted the song to sound like a movie and we took production cues from that idea.”
After being unearthed by Triple J, ‘Recall’ from the band’s debut EP became the 5th most played song of the year on the station, 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 riding high on college radio charts in the US 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.