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.
This charming indie pop song features super smooth female vocals, jangly guitars, and professional production. Reminiscent of early REM and The Bangles. Offbeat lyrics about crime-fighting partners are open to interpretation. Suitable for crime, romance, drama, and adventure. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie Rock
This quirky indie rock song features a fat groove, powerful female vocals, and whimsical lyrics. Sounds like “The Bends”-era Radiohead meets the B-52’s. Suitable for comedy, adventure, action, romance, road trips. Lyrics explore what it feels like to NOT fit in. Real drums. Professional production. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie 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
Lonely, haunting indie pop song with sensual female vocals reminiscent of Kate Bush and Tori Amos. Old-school instruments (Fender Rhodes, Leslie rotating speaker) juxtaposed against industrial loops and computer trickery in this slow-grinding groove. Lyrically dense. Difficult subject matter. Female Vocals, Rock, Electronic Rock
Rowdy pop-punk with playful female vocals, snarling guitars, and thundering drums. Sounds like a cross between Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Joan Jett, with a dash of Veruca Salt thrown in for good measure. Lyrics aimed at people who peak in high school. Suitable for action, comedy, romance, party, dance. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Pop Punk
Industrial grind meets frightening thriller. This wicked yet spooky indie rocker with gutsy, emotive female vocals is perfect for intense chase scenes, confrontations, and other action-packed moments of the adventure, sci-fi, and horror genres. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Industrial Rock
This timeless ballad features soaring female vocals, delicate guitar work, a tasteful arrangement, and professional production. Reminiscent of The Sundays, Aimee Mann, and Sarah McLachlan, with lyrics about love and commitment. Perfect for drama, romance, relationships. Slow dance. Female Vocals, Rock, Melodic Rock
Upbeat rocker with strong female vocals, muscular guitars, and a head-bobbing groove. Optimistic lyrics about waking up to a sunny new day. Suitable for action, drama, sports. Perfect for scene or commercial about starting over or starting fresh. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie Rock
U2’s “Bullet the Blue Sky” meets Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” in this high-energy indie rocker featuring gritty female vocals, visceral guitars and drums, and an edgy 90s feel. Defiant lyrics suitable for action, drama, relationships, breakups. Female Vocals, Rock, 90s Rock
This infectious indie pop song features sugary female vocals, jangly guitars, and an elastic bass line. Reminiscent of the Bangles, the Sundays, 10,000 Maniacs. Quirky lyrics explore a girl’s love for her green-thumbed boyfriend. Suitable for romance, nature, tree-related themes. Arbor Day. Female Vocals, Pop, Quirky Pop
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
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 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
Quirky rawk song featuring wicked female vocals, snarling guitars, and tongue-in-cheek lyrics about a crazy woman on a shopping spree. Sounds like Joan Jett through a buzz saw. Perfect for action, extreme sports, ornery moments, or social commentary on women ready to kill for a parking space. Female Vocals, Rock, Electronic RockCaution: Explicit Lyrics
This upbeat indie rocker features passionate female vocals, raw energy, and professional production. Guitar riff recalls Led Zeppelin's "Misty Mountain Hop." Lyrics, though open to interpretation, hint at a woman dying of cancer. Suitable for action, adventure, drama, medical. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Lush, experimental indie pop with smooth-as-pudding female vocals, a rolling groove, and The Edge-like guitars. Bells, synthesized strings, even a breathing track round out this sophisticated piece reminiscent of U2, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega. Cryptic lyrics hint at the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt 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
This lush indie pop gem features driving acoustic guitars, haunting Ebow through a rotating Leslie speaker, and emotive female vocals reminiscent of Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette. Punchy drums and jangly percussion provide an uplifting backbeat. A song about faith and love. Triumph. Resolution. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
This quirky song verges on bubblegum rock, complete with sugary female vocals, a sing-along chorus, and silly lyrics. Reminiscent of the B-52s, Toni Basil, with a gritty, T-Rex-inspired guitar hook ("Bang a Gong/Get It On"). Suitable for comedy, teen, and fashion-themed scenes. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern RockCaution: Mature Lyrics
Arena rocker featuring dynamic female vocals, muscular guitar riffs, and a powerful chorus. Pro production with a sing-along outro. Lyrics about a girl who's trapped in a gray world and searching for a way out. Suitable for drama, sports, action, relationships, romance. Female Vocals, Rock, Arena Rock
This playful alternative pop ditty features smooth female vocals, professional production, and tasteful instrumentation, including piano, fretless bass, and real drums. Reminiscent of the Sundays, with a chorus that evokes Karen Carpenter’s lower range. Suitable for romance, drama, breakups. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, College Rock
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
This dreamy-yet-driving indie pop song features bewitching female vocals and layers of delicious instrumentation. Sounds like Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlan, and The Cardigans. Lyrics about falling deeply in love. Perfect for romance, love scenes, and intimate encounters. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt 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
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
Winsome female vocals and delicate guitar work provide the foundation for this acoustic ballad, which is reminiscent of the Sundays and Aimee Mann. Lyrics explore the dreams and hopes of a couple trying to conceive their first child. Suitable for drama, romance, family, parenting. Female Vocals, Pop, Pop Ballad
This slinky blues rocker features crystal clear female vocals, a sexy, slow groove, and diverse instrumentation, from Hammond B-3 organ to cello. Music for a smoke-filled lounge. Lyrics explore fear and the Iron John myth. Suitable for drama, romance, seduction, horror, vampires. Female Vocals, Rock, Blues Rock
Infectious indie pop featuring an up-tempo groove, memorable hooks, The Edge-like guitar, and winsome female vocals. Sounds like U2, Garbage, and Sarah McLachlan. Relationship-themed lyrics include a refrain about finally being free. Suitable for breakups, drama. The heroine strikes out on her own. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt RockCaution: Mature Lyrics
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
Quirky, provocative indie rock with dynamic female vocals, chiming bells, and a galloping, muscular beat. Sounds like Garbage, Bjork, Kate Bush, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Opaque lyrics hint at 9/11 but are open to broad interpretation. Suitable for action, drama, and relationships gone sour. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt RockCaution: Mature Lyrics
This triumphant rocker features a winning combination of lovely female vocals, uplifting lyrics, and extra fat power chords. Imagine the Sundays, REM, and AC/DC forming a super group. Suitable for action, drama, sports. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern Rock
Soaring indie rock with plaintive female vocals, huge drums, dynamic guitars, and fretless bass. Cathartic, defiant - a soundtrack of hope. Glimmers in victory or defeat. Lyrically about war, but with a hopeful chorus applicable to relationships, personal struggles, and any transcendent moment. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
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
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