|Trocadero ≤≥ Flying By Wire (2012)|
Trocadero — Flying By Wire
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Album release: July 7th, 2012
Record Label: Rooster Teeth
01. Fifty (1:09)
02. Bolt (3:48)
03. The Man in Red (4:24)
04. Hero Superstar (3:34)
05. Faraway (1:42)
06. Best Girl (4:36)
07. Dancing Bull (2:32)
08. So Good (1:17)
09. Routine King (1:01)
10. Shotgun (3:03)
11. Searchlight (1:27)
12. Bloody Mary Mix (3:25)
13. When We Were Soldiers (2:31)
14. Third Wave (2:58)
15. Noobs Rush In (0:40)
16. Reverie Six (and Change) (3:30)
Photo © 1960-62 by Art Kane
◊ Nico Audy-Rowland
◊ Violet Heart
◊ Martha Marin
◊ Brandon Erdos
◊ Wendy Mittelstadt
◊ Susan Hsia
◊ Jeff Williams
◊ They are best recognized for providing several songs to the popular machinima series Red vs. Blue, including "Blood Gulch Blues", its theme song. These songs were released on the band's 2004 debut album, Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.
◊ The band completed and released its second album, titled Ghosts That Linger in October 2009. Included on the album is 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 has been released at the Rooster Teeth Expo on July 7, 2012.
Nico Audy-Rowland was also involved in the Uggos, a collaboration with Jeff Williams that created the music for one of Rooster Teeth's other series, The Strangerhood. Nico Audy-Rowland has made it clear several times that this venture is not the same as Trocadero.
◊ Roses are Red, Violets are Blue (2004)
◊ Crazy Zoo: Music from The Strangerhood (2006 under the pseudonym of The Uggos)
◊ Ghosts That Linger (2009)
◊ Flying By Wire (2012)
Back in July of 1997, Nico posted a bunch of flyers around Boston:
◊ The first call he got was from Wendy, but couldn't join the band until after she graduated college. Â Other calls included one from a professional dominatrix and several Berklee students who all said they wanted to be in a project.
◊ Later that year, Nico was joined by drummer Brandon Erdos-- they'd played in a quintet in college, and classically trained vocalist / synthesist Susan Hsia. Â The three started rehearsing in a space on Boylston street that flooded so much that synthetic poolside grass was used instead of carpets.
◊ Trocadero played its first show on November 3, 1997, at TT The Bear's place in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Trocadero would rehearse a couple times a week, deal with the flooding rehearsal room (the band had not one, but two wet vacs present at the space), and play out at the usual clubs in the area; Middle East, Kendall Cafe, The Rat, Lizard Lounge, Plough and Stars, Linwood Grill, you get the idea. Susan eventually left the band to pursue a masters at Harvard, and Wendy, who had finished school in NY, moved to Boston and joined.
◊ In 2003, Nico, who loved Bungie's video games (more like works of art) Marathon, Oni, and Myth, was introduced to a new online "cartoon" by his friend Jay. The cartoon (which would soon be categorized as machinima) was called Red versus Blue. Everything was perfect about RvB -- it was funny, incredibly well-written, and had no music. Nico sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with an mp3 file he'd recorded, playing his 1956 Danelectro baritone guitar. That mp3 file would be used as the opening theme to all things RvB.
◊ The band set out to write and record its first song for the series, Blood Gulch Blues. The first version of the song had drums played by Nico and recorded in stereo at the rehearsal space, and then Wendy and Nico would record the keyboards, guitars, and vocals at their respective apartments. Except for the drums, most of those recordings are what are present on the final version of the tune.
◊ Soon after the first Trocadero record came out, Wendy left the band to join another up-and-coming Boston group. To this day, she works in music technology, and appears live or on record with national acts.
◊ In 2007, the band was joined by Martha Williams on slide guitar and vocals, and Jeff Williams (no relation) on keyboards. Rather than playing at the regular, sticky-floored Boston venues, the band started performing at RvB-based events, such as RvBTO...
◊ ... or at TTs again when RvB got a booth at Boston Anime:
◊ 2009 saw the band's second release, Ghosts That Linger. More recently, Trocadero has shifted from its origins as a three-piece rock band to welcoming collaborations from guest musicians thus going back, in a sense, to the oldest and most literal meaning of the name Trocadero, which is "a place of trade" in 16th Century Portugese. Recording. Wendy, the two AKG 414 EBs, a couple of delicious drinks, and our first "serious" mobile recording laptop, the lovely Pismo. 2004. Trocadero at Boson Anime. At T.T. The Bear's Place, 4/21/07. Photo by Michelle Carter © Jammin
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