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.
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
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
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 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 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 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 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
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
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 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
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 RockCaution: Mature Lyrics
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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