The Whole Bolivian Army
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The Whole Bolivian Army

Tacoma, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1993 | SELF

Tacoma, Washington, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 1993
Band Rock Pop




"By Chris Lund"

"If you want to nail a young adult audience at your festival, this is just the band to do it." - Festival Finder

"By Katie Sauro"

"Born in 1993 during Seattle's vast wave of Nirvana-inspired gloom and doom, The Whole Bolivian Army strolled far from the well-worn path, opting instead for poppy hooks and flowing instrumentation. With their seventh LP, husband and wife Matt and Mary Beth Kite prove that there will always be room in our hearts for catchy pop. North by Nowhere hammers out a searing collection of simple pop ditties, their subject matter veering into love ('Deeper'), frightening anguish ('All My Life,' 'Ham Fisted'), and the quirks of the English language ('Seven Ways to Say Muffler'). With a blend of mellow electro-pop, distorted guitar, and Mary Beth's biting, bluesy vocals, the adult contemporary set will find the record appealing..." - Seattle Sound Magazine

"By Wayne Ellis"

"TWBA mixes hypnotic guitar riffs, dynamic arrangements and Mary Beth Kite's versatile vocals into a musical Cuisinart that spits out some engaging rock 'n roll..." - The Every Other Weekly

"By John Graham"

"The noise of the Whole Bolivian Army isn't the ominous stomping of boots on dirt, Paul Newman and Robert Redford's sweat making wet splats in the dust as their fate approaches in a flurry of gunfire. This Whole Bolivian Army is from Seattle, not South of the Border, and dispatches a crisp-as-Wasa-bread power-pop sound, spread with a touch of honey and butter for added sweetness. 'Modern rock' -- that is, the left-of-center pop mode that predated "alternative" -- is a descriptor that springs immediately to mind. Mary Beth Kite's throaty, vibrato vocals slither over resonating guitar chimes, and elastic bass lines alternately recall the Sundays and 10,000 Maniacs." - Willamette Week

"By Stacy Emerson"

"Great big wonderful things do come in small packages -- proves front woman Mary Beth Kite of The Whole Bolivian Army (TWBA). Unlike the soft, girly-like vocals saturating the airwaves these days, Mary Beth delivers something beyond an extraordinary ability, she delivers passion." - Tacoma Weekly

"By Claude Flowers"

"More bands should be as fearless." - Eastside Journal


"Kairos" (2017)
"Kronos" (2017)
"Siren" (2013)
"Bells" (2011)
"Morning After Food Poisoning in the South of France" (2008)
"North by Nowhere" (2006)
"War Stories" (2003)
"Be" (2001)
"Amnesty" (1999)
"Spinner" (1998)
"The Whole Bolivian Army" (1997)
"Hazen" (1995)



Let's start with the short version: Boy meets girl. Girl says she can sing. Boy invites girl to mom's basement for quick tryout with newly forming band. Girl opens mouth. Boy falls in love. The Whole Bolivian Army is born! (Cue soundtrack...)

If only it were that simple. Sure, the original boy and girl are still making googly eyes at each other on the stage, but, well... please visit for the whole story.

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