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Trapdoor Social Releases 'The Move'

Leaving the world a better place than they found it.

Meet Trapdoor Social, a Los Angeles-based alt-rock outfit premiering "The Move" on Popdust.

According to the band, the new song was inspired by people who want to leave the world better than they found it. Made up of Merritt Graves (vocals, keyboards), Skylar Funk (vocals, guitar), and Louie Gonzalez (guitar), Trapdoor Social is not your typical band. In fact, the band is an environmental activist musical collective, i.e. they support sustainability by producing outdoor, solar-powered concerts and events throughout the U.S., including at Sunstock Solar Festival. Their activism benefits organizations such as Homeboy Industries, Mesa Ridge High School, and Kids Cancer Connection.

The idea for the band took root in the Environmental Analysis department at Pomona College, where Graves and Funk met in the computer lab, and ended up talking all night about music and the existing environmental challenges confronting the planet. After graduating, they started Trapdoor Social.

Trapdoor Social - The Move (audio only)

Right now, the band is putting the finishing touches on their LP, slated to drop soon, followed by a national tour.

"The Move" opens on tripping, swirling tones flowing into a funky alt-rock tune. The funkified rhythm infuses the melody with bright palpable energy topped by gleaming vocals, and layers of color.

Tight, infectious vocals blend with falsetto harmonies, giving the lyrics buoyancy. When the chorus kicks in, the harmonics swell and fill the atmosphere with luminous hues punctuated by a well-honed falsetto that would make Barry Gibb blush with shame.

"This is what love can do / I give myself up / Until the day we lose / I give myself up / This is what love can do / I live for something more than me / You too can be part of the move."

"The Move" is stylish and lushly radiant, projecting a tasty field of overt contagious energy. Trapdoor Social brings sonic heat on this song.


Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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