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?
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, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
This epic indie rock ballad features passionate female vocals, The Edge-like guitars, and old-school instruments (Hammond B-3, rotating Leslie speaker). Delicate one moment, powerful the next, vocals are reminiscent of Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, and Ann Wilson. A song about keeping on, no matter what. Female Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt 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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 Rock
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