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 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
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 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
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
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