Trapdoor Social’s founding members, Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk, met in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet. They started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way.
Trapdoor Social is taking on 2016 with new music and a new platform from which to sing it, as founders Skylar Funk and Merritt Graves realize their long-time dream of solar-powered concerts. In June the band hosted the first annual Sunstock Solar Festival, a 100% solar powered music and arts event promoting support and awareness for solar technologies and donating all of its proceeds to advance solar improvements in California communities.
Having expanded from a duo to a 5-piece, their August 12 eponymous debut album is an impassioned call to action. It’s a raucous, anthemic environmental and social critique, erupting with signature rock guitar and synth bass riffs from new additions Louie Gonzalez and Patrick Griffen. Drummer Ben Ebert has been added as a full-time member.
Their 2012 EP Death Of A Friend featured Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums. It made waves when “Like You Never” became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ’s “Locals Only” show. “Away” garnered significant around the country and has been featured on a national for the past three years. The album’s “Inertia” was recently heard on the TV show “Shameless”.
For the 2014, Science of Love EP, they decided to channel their music toward an environmental initiative in their community and used the release to raise $35k for solar roofing, which they committed to Homeboy Industries. Songs from this album also got significant airplay nationwide.
The following December, the band toured to Colorado to play RXP1039’s Christmas festival. Having discovered that the local high school (Mesa Ridge HS) marching band program was underfunded, the boys recorded “Fine On My Own” with the marching band to help launch a fundraiser to help keep the program alive. The song attained “Hall of Fame” Status on Las Vegas’s X107.5 nightly contest “The Beatdown” by winning ten times in a row and became a top ten song in Colorado Springs. Trapdoor Social toured to Colorado in May 2015 and promoted the fundraiser by organizing and performing a benefit show with the marching band. The fundraiser brought in over $7K for the school.
2016 has been a busy year for Trapdoor Social. They started the year with the release of a double b-sides collection Kid In The Sky / Download My Dream. They will be donating all of their album pre-sales to construct a vegetable learning garden with their non-profit partner After School All-Stars, at the Downtown Value School in Los Angeles (Link). National touring has resumed, whenever possible using their new solar trailer to power outdoor concerts around the country.