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After meeting in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonding over a shared concern for the future of the planet, Trapdoor Social's Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way.
The duo introduced themselves with the 2012 EP “Death Of A Friend”, which combined the two writers' influences into a driving emotive alt-pop experience. Produced by Curt Schneider, the EP features Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums. The EP made waves at radio, when their single “Like You Never” became the #1 listener requested track on KROQ’s “Locals Only” show, and their track “Away” enjoyed radio play from a number of major market stations around the US, including regular rotation on Q87.7 in Chicago. The song was just featured nationally in a Discount Tire commercial.
On May 20th 2014, Trapdoor Social will release the ‘Science of Love’ EP, their most ambitious project to date. The EP explores both sides of Skylar and Merritt’s influences as songwriters, with lead single ‘Science of Love’ and other tracks such as ‘Angel City’ showcasing Merritt’s knack for emotionally charged songwriting and dense, symphonic production in the vein of bands like Muse and Arcade Fire. In turn, Skylar’s contributions, like the standout track ‘Paper Love’, highlight his affinity for long-time modern radio staples like Weezer and Death Cab for Cutie. The balance between these two dynamics is what makes Trapdoor Social’s music so compelling and original.
As the boys were writing the EP, they determined to put their music to work toward something they believed in, and pondered how they might act as a force for sustainability. They decided to use the album to raise funds online, and donate solar power where it could be put to best use. Through friendships with the Sierra Club, GRID Alternatives, and Everybody Solar, the project gained momentum and a recipient was chosen: Homeboy Industries, a local non-profit that re-trains former gang members for jobs in the economies of the future. Through the end of 2013, they worked with their partners to rally $35,000 worth of solar power, donating 100% of funds raised from the special full-length album (17 songs not yet available to the general public) release towards adding a 6.4kw solar rooftop to Homeboy's headquarters. Installation is now underway and the system will be activated at a ceremony on June 25 2014 in Los Angeles.