Let's start with Boy meets girl. Girl says she can sing. Boy invites girl to mom's basement for quick tryout with newly forming band. Girl sings, boy falls in love. The Whole Bolivian Army is born! (Cue soundtrack...) Indie rock, modern rock, left-of-center pop. Influences include U2, Kate Bush, Radiohead, and Throwing Muses. TWBA has been compared to The Sundays, 10,000 Maniacs, Veruca Salt, Garbage, and Souxie and the Banshees. None of the comparisons are quite on the mark. TWBA's sound is elastic and changes from album to album, from muscular indie rock to lovely pop.
Q. What's in a name?
A. The Whole Bolivian Army owes its name to original bass player and co-founder Steve Miller. The name itself is a reference to the final scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, when the two American outlaws are surrounded by what seems like the entire armed forces of Bolivia.
Q. When did the band form?
Q. Who is The Whole Bolivian Army?
A. TWBA is led by the wife-and-husband team of Mary Beth (vocals) and Matt Kite (guitar, songwriter). The rest of the lineup varies from project to project, show to show. TWBA has seen several incarnations, both as a five-piece and four-piece band.
Upbeat indie pop song about running features U2-like guitars, triumphant horns, and powerful, bluesy female vocals. Bouncy, whimsical, just a touch bitchy. Reminiscent of Garbage, Pink, No Doubt. Perfect for sports, running, and women's fitness-related themes. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Power Pop
Haunting, ethereal indie pop song featuring sensual female vocals, The Edge-like guitar, brooding piano, and several ghostly loops and effects. Reminiscent of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Garbage. Lyrics explore the limits of modern technology. Suitable for drama, thrillers, high-tech, sci-fi, horror. Female Vocals, Soundalikes, Kate Bush
This indie rock anthem features dual female vocals, driving guitars, and a trippy bridge. Big vocal sound. Professional production with real drums. Lyrics about living courageously and appreciating every moment. Suitable for action, drama, sports, and triumphant moments of all kinds. Stadium rock. Female Vocals, Rock, Arena Rock
Melodic indie pop featuring soulful female vocals, an infectious piano hook, and a steadily building, dynamic arrangement. Reminiscent of Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “10,000 Miles” but more edgy and lively. Suitable for romance, relationships, drama, sad or wistful scenes. Female Vocals, Pop, Lilith Fair
Moody, electronica-flavored indie rock with soaring female vocals, edgy guitars, spooky synthesizers, a fat bottom end, and a driving beat. Perfect for dark, intense, sexy, high-tech, or sci-fi moments, with lyrics about addiction and suicide. Female Vocals, Rock, Electronic Rock
Aimee Mann meets Led Zeppelin in this melodic rock song, which features winsome female vocals, old-school guitar tones, a sing-along outro, and powerfully played, John Bonham-style drums. Lyrics explore the golden hour, a photographer’s term. Suitable for drama, relationships, adventure, sports. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern Rock
This upbeat, energetic indie rock song features fiery female vocals, heavy guitars, and a dynamic arrangement. Silversun Pickups, REM, Black Sabbath, and "Achtung Baby"-era U2 all rolled into one explosive track. Lyrics explore war and men in power. Suitable for action, war, politics, drama, sports. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt RockCaution: Explicit Lyrics
Dueling guitar lines, super-smooth female vocals, and powerful drums drive this indie rocker about a mother who is unwilling to give up her son to the war effort. Reminiscent of Silversun Pickups, Smashing Pumpkins. Suitable for action, combat, war, drama, sports. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie Rock
This straight-ahead indie rocker/ballad features passionate female vocals, old-school guitar tones, and a dynamic arrangement. Reminiscent of Sheryl Crow — but with a little more fire. Suitable for drama, romance, relationships, break-ups. A song about being lost and not fitting in. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Indie meets stadium rock in this joyful tribute to living your life to the fullest. Featuring soaring female vocals, jangly guitars, and three – yes, three! – drummers. Hints of Arcade Fire, Aimee Mann, and early REM. Pro production. Suitable for drama, uplifting montages, closing credits. Female Vocals, Rock, Arena Rock
This hard-hitting rocker mixes sultry female vocals and heavy guitars with an anti-war message. Not for the faint of heart. Sounds like AC/DC and Dead Sara working with power tools in outer space. Politically charged lyrics. Action, war, horror, drama, extreme sports. Female Vocals, Rock, Hard Rock
A lovely indie rock song aimed at anyone who has ever been told who they can - or cannot - love. Atmospheric intro, builds to a triumphant chorus, brooding bridge. Plaintive female vocals, fat fretless bass, big guitars and drums. Artful pop in a winsome package. Gay or straight, love wins out. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" meets Radiohead's "Weird Fishes." This jazzy indie pop song features lovely female vocals, dreamy guitars, a walking bass line, and a shuffling groove. A song about hard-earned wisdom. Perfect for scenes about relationships, life, and growing up. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Melodic guitar-driven indie rock with tender female vocals. Perfect for wide-screen vistas, driving scenes, and suddenly dawning epiphanies. Starts small, goes big. A song about family - Mother, sister, son - and how, even when we're surrounded by love, we often feel alone. A bittersweet montage. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
This up-tempo ballad features passionate female vocals, chiming guitars, and slick production. Instrumentation includes cello, fretless bass. Lyrics explore how difficult it is to watch a loved one die. Suitable for drama, medical, especially a deathbed scene set in a hospital, hospice, or home. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern Rock
A cheeky, infectious song about love, outer space, and the elusive G-spot, this indie rock gem features charming female vocals, melodic fretless bass, bold guitar, and lively drums. Reminiscent of REM, the Cardigans, Radiohead, the Sundays. Suitable for parties, romance, and comedy. Quirky pop fun. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt RockCaution: Explicit Lyrics
Heavy, hypnotic indie rock with dynamic female vocals, grinding guitars. Reminiscent of Veruca Salt, AC/DC, with a breakdown featuring Sound Garden-like distorted guitar through a rotating Leslie speaker. Grim lyrics about life as an amputee. Perfect for scene or documentary about war, land mines. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Upbeat indie rock song with melodic female vocals, catchy guitar riffs, and old school Hammond B-3 organ. Reminiscent of School of Fish. Somber lyrics explore the American coup d’état in Guatemala in 1954. Suitable for action, drama, history, documentary. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
This bittersweet love song features delicate female vocals, lush acoustic guitars, fretless bass, and driving drums. Reminiscent of the Sundays, the Cardigans, Aimee Mann. Lyrics explore a fraying relationship. Suitable for drama, romance. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern Rock
AC/DC meets Garbage in this driving indie rocker with gritty female vocals. Power chords? Check. Searing social commentary? Check. Old school rock riffs momentarily give way to a deeply textured bridge, complete with a rotating Leslie speaker and wicked loops. Action. Conflict. Confrontation. Loud. Female Vocals, Rock, Hard Rock
A gorgeous, haunting indie pop song with soulful female vocals, gritty guitar, powerful drums and cello, and a memorable piano hook. This slow burning mood piece oozes beauty and intensity. Perfect for gut checks, emotional climaxes, and sober epiphanies. A song about tapping inner strength. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Big, rowdy guitars, pounding drums, and a galloping bass line ignite this indie rock anthem, a tribute to girl power. Righteous female vocals take no prisoners. Perfect for that emotionally charged moment when the leading woman fights back, kicks butt, or claims the right to her own destiny. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
"War" era U2 meets Alanis Morissette in this indie rock song about alienation, heartbreak, and redemption. Opening softly with a lonesome electric guitar running through a phaser, the quiet intro gives way to big up-tempo drums, full-throated female vocals, fretless bass, and echo-laden guitars. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Psychedelic, heavy indie rock song features sultry female vocals, snarling feedback, and old-school Fender Rhodes piano. Reminiscent of Led Zeppelin (“No Quarter”), Dead Sara, Veruca Salt. Lyrics about the Vietnam War, from the American GI’s perspective. Suitable for war, conflict, action, horror. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
An ode to Pete Townshend, this lush indie rock song begins softly, with The Edge-like echo guitar. Segues to a quirky, gritty middle section. Then closes out triumphantly. Winsome female vocals span a wide lyrical terrain, from anger to alcoholism, before giving way to a refrain sung in Latin. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
This bittersweet piano ballad features gorgeous female vocals and a long, melancholy outro. Lyrics explore the love of two people who stay together until the very end. Suitable for romance, drama, relationships, medical, terminal, deathbed. Female Vocals, Pop, Lilith Fair
This brooding indie rock song features passionate-yet-vulnerable female vocals, a dynamic arrangement, and lush production. Reminiscent of Aimee Mann, the Sundays, 10,000 Maniacs. Murky lyrics open to multiple interpretations. Suitable for action, drama, romance, relationships. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Driving indie rock featuring tough female vocals, heavy guitars, and thundering bass and drums. Reminiscent of Veruca Salt, Garbage, AC/DC. Lyrics explore a soldier’s experiences as he returns home from the war and tries to rejoin society. Suitable for war, conflict, action, drama, politics, horror. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Sweeping indie rock song features sweet-yet-powerful female vocals, fretless bass, and a dynamic arrangement. Epic, eerie feel reminiscent of Radiohead, U2, Goo Goo Dolls. Somewhat vague lyrics explore a mother’s relationship with her son, who is haunted by night terror. Drama, thriller, horror. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Gorgeous dual female vocals + tasty instrumentation = epic indie rock. A playful intro builds steadily toward a powerful, full-throated outro. Lyrics explore life in a slaughterhouse from the cow’s perspective but are open to interpretation. Drama, documentary, animal rights. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
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