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".
In June the band hosted the first annual Sunstock Solar Festival, a 100% solar powered music and arts festival promoting support and awareness for solar technologies and donating all of it's proceeds to advance solar improvements in California communities.
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.
The duo introduced themselves with the 2012 EP "Death Of A Friend", which was produced by Curt Schneider and featured Death Cab For Cutie's Jason McGerr on drums. The EP made waves when "Like You Never" became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ's "Locals Only" show. Their song "Away" garnered significant airplay around the country and has been featured in a national tire commercial three years running.
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 are donating to Homeboy Industries.
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.