SCREAM is The Whole Bolivian Army’s fourteenth release and was conceived while sheltering in place. The album was recorded, mixed, and produced by the band at the Kite house in Tacoma, WA. Producer and engineer Jonathan Plum mastered it at London Bridge Studio (Seattle, WA).
Part I is shoegaze-flavored modern indie rock and includes “Scream,” “The Smile Beside You,” and “Dime Eyes.”
Part II ditches guitars and real drums while dipping its toes in synth-wave and ’80s-flavored analog sounds. It includes alternative-reality versions of previously released TWBA songs (“Maybe” and “Phinney Ridge”) plus a cover of Motörhead’s “Overkill.” According to outspoken Motörhead fans who’ve heard it, the cover is either a brilliant revamping of Lemmy’s masterpiece or sacrilegious twaddle. There is no middle ground.
Part III is made up of two acoustic versions of previously released TWBA songs (“Tipping Texas” and “Kairos,” with Matt singing lead on the latter) and an unabashedly upbeat and poppy closer, “Lift.”
The Whole Bolivian Army features the wife-and-husband team of Mary Beth Kite (vocals) and Matt Kite (guitar, keyboard, bass, vocals), the band’s two remaining original members. Gibson Kite, their son, joined as the band’s full-time drummer in 2018.
Based out of Tacoma, Washington, TWBA has been playing to Northwest audiences since 1993 and has survived grunge, Y2K, and the departure of the Seattle Super Sonics, among other adventures. The band has shared stages large (Seattle’s mural amphitheater) and small (the fabled Crocodile Café) with Seattle luminaries ranging from Harvey Danger to Goodness.
TWBA plays co-ed indie rock rooted in the college rock of the ’80s and the alternative styles of the ’90s and early aughts.