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TRAPDOOR SOCIAL is Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk, and they’re here to save the world. Merritt and Skylar met at the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College in Southern California. By day they studied the challenges for planet Earth, and by night they found refuge in their music. “I’m extremely anxious about things going wrong in our environment, and that becomes a source to draw from.”, says Merritt. “A song for me is just about taking energy and transferring it into a sonic medium.”

Merritt, who hails from Iowa City, had been putting together a band and sealed the deal to have Skylar, originally from Seattle, join him in creating TRAPDOOR SOCIAL while hanging backstage at a Death Cab for Cutie concert at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. They are a powerhouse duo, playing off of each other’s very different personalities - Merritt’s darker, angst-driven creativity coupled with Skylar’s bright and dynamic performance. “There is a serious dark thing and a serious light thing happening in TRAPDOOR SOCIAL.” says Skylar. “Merritt derives creative energy out of stress and anxiety - his art thrives when he’s suffering. My way is bouncing, affectionate, super positive - I live to be on stage.”

The result is a lush, moody indie alt-pop experience where lyrics, melody and beat work intimately together to create a compelling and seductive melange.

TRAPDOOR SOCIAL makes its official debut with a six song EP Death Of A Friend,


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