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.
Q. Where is the Band based?
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, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
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 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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
This irreverent indie rocker combines pop and punk while featuring strong female vocals and riff-heavy guitars. Ornery lyrics poke fun at “Little House on the Prairie” and “Party of Five,” two TV melodramas from yesteryear. Suitable for dark comedy, action, and quirky scenes of all kinds. 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
Passionate female vocals, melodic fretless bass, and a dynamic arrangement power this indie pop ballad, which shifts between regular and half time. Reminiscent of the Sundays, but with more gusto and conviction. Lyrics lament the end of summer in a rural setting. Drama, relationships, romance. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Power 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
"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
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
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
High energy indie rock featuring passionate female vocals, sizzling production, and a driving beat. Reminiscent of Alanis Morissette. Lyrics explore the life of a desperate girl with nowhere to turn. Suitable for drama, crime, action, 90s nostalgia. Topics: inner city, drug addiction, prostitution. Female Vocals, Rock, 90s 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 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
This moody ballad features sensual female vocals, finger-picked acoustic guitar, and trippy electric guitar layered in spooky effects. Murky lyrics explore a road trip, a desolate landscape, a relationship. Reminiscent of Mazzy Star, Cocteau Twins. Suitable for romance, seduction, drama, thriller. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Indie Rock
This poignant folk song features lovely female vocals, delicate acoustic guitar, fretless bass, and hand-played bongos. Personal lyrics tell the story of Krain, a rustic corner on Highway 169, southeast of Seattle, while exploring the loss of a loved one to cancer. Suitable for drama, relationships. Female Vocals, Folk, Contemporary Folk
This infectious indie rocker features sugary-yet-powerful female vocals, an earworm melody, and chime-to-crunch guitars. Sounds like Blind Melon crossed with the B-52's. Quirky lyrics explore the limits of materialism. Suitable for action, sports, comedy, and anything slightly offbeat. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
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
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 sexy, haunting indie rock song features seductive female vocals, professional production, and a spooky-yet-lovely grind. Reminiscent of Garbage, the Cardigans, Tori Amos. Lyrics about betrayal, infidelity. Suitable for romance, breakup, seduction, relationships, as well as horror, macabre. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern Rock
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
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
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
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 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
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 Rock
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
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
This indie pop ballad features gorgeous female vocals, delicate instrumentation, and professional production. Reminiscent of the Sundays. Lyrics explore the freedom that comes with finally ending an unhappy relationship. Romance. Breakup. Drama. Goodbye. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Jangle Pop
Lush modern rock song with smooth female vocals, catchy guitar lines, and medium-tempo groove. Reminiscent of Natalie Merchant, 10,000 Maniacs, Alanis Morissette, Cheryl Crow. Ambiguous lyrics about a breakup. Suitable for romance, drama, relationships. Female Vocals, Rock, Modern 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
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
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
Catchy, gritty indie rock with tough female vocals, raunchy guitars. Reminiscent of the Breeders, Veruca Salt, Joan Jett. Suitable for action, conflict, war stories. Also useful for documentaries, footage involving protests or demonstrations. Commemorates South Korea's May 17, 1980 Kwangju Massacre. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
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
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