Trocadero (band)

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Origin Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Experimental rock
Alternative rock
Years active 1997–present
Members Nico Audy-Rowland
Brandon Erdos
Violet Heart
Martha Marin
Past members Susan Hsia
Wendy Mittelstadt
Jeff Williams

Trocadero is an experimental rock band based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington. They are best recognized for performing several songs used in the popular Rooster Teeth series Red vs. Blue, including "Blood Gulch Blues", its theme song. The band also performed some of the music used in RWBY, another Rooster Teeth production.


Trocadero was initially founded by Nico Audy-Rowland, Brandon Erdos, and Susan Hsia in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Nico Audy-Rowland initially sought out bandmates by posting a number of flyers around Boston in July of 1997. Wendy Mittelstadt was the first to respond, but could not join the band until she graduated from college. Later that year, Audy-Rowland was joined by Brandon Erdos, who had played with him in a quintet in college, and Susan Hsia.[1]

The band played its first show on November 3, 1997, at T.T. the Bear's Place in Cambridge, and continued to play in other clubs in the area. Hsia eventually left the band to continue her education; meanwhile, Wendy Mittelstadt, who had completed her degree, moved to Boston and joined.[1]

Nico Audy-Rowland first encountered the Rooster Teeth series Red vs. Blue in 2003 after being introduced to it by a friend. Finding that he enjoyed the series, he reached out to the creators and sent them a short piece of music he had recorded, which ended up being used as its opening theme.[1]

Trocadero's debut album, Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, was released on June 1, 2003. The album contains "songs from and inspired by Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles", including its theme song, "Blood Gulch Blues". Shortly after the release of the album, Mittelstadt left the band to join another Boston-based group.[1]

In 2007, the band was joined by Martha Marin on slide guitar and vocals, and Jeff Williams on keyboard. Trocadero continued to perform at a number of Red vs. Blue-related events.[1] Williams would later leave the band to compose his own music, including the soundtracks for seasons 8 through 10 of Red vs. Blue .

Trocadero completed and released its second album, titled Ghosts That Linger, on November 21, 2009. Included on the album was the song "Alien Champion", which was featured during the end credits of the Red vs. Blue season 3 DVD, as well as other Red vs. Blue music, such as "First Wave" and "Colors."

Recording and mastering for the band's third album Flying by Wire was completed on June 20, 2012, and the album was released at RTX on July 7, 2012.

Trocadero released a live album from its performance at RTX 2012 titled When We're Together on January 27, 2014. The release celebrated the band's 15th anniversary as well as a decade of collaboration with Rooster Teeth. In addition to an audio-only digital media release, the album was released as a CD/DVD package, which included the entire concert setlist in both audio and video form as well as four bonus studio tracks. In addition, the DVD included additional live footage from the band's first show and other concerts, interviews by Burnie Burns and Matt Hullum, and a ten-minute "Story of Trocadero" video narrated by Rooster Teeth's Miles Luna.[2]

Nico Audy-Rowland was also involved in the Uggos, a collaboration with Jeff Williams that created the music for The Strangerhood, another Rooster Teeth series. Audy-Rowland has made it clear several times that this venture is not the same as Trocadero.[citation needed]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Nico Audy-Rowland
  • Violet Heart
  • Martha Marin
  • Brandon Erdos
Former members
  • Susan Hsia
  • Wendy Mittelstadt
  • Jeff Williams


Studio albums
Live albums
  • When We're Together (2014)
  • "Grifball" (2013)
  • "Contact" (2013)


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Us". Trocadero. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Notes". Trocadero. January 28, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 

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