After meeting in the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College, Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk got together to save the world by being involved with Farmscape and Agrisaurus to promote awareness around solar and other renewable energy. However, the sing-along alt-pop songs they write together as Trapdoor Social would never have you thinking about such a serious mission. With Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr playing drums on their self-released “Death of a Friend” EP, songs are anthemic with an energy bursting somewhere between Jimmy Eat World and the Killers. Oh, and their music videos, such as the Arie Hovenkamp-directed clip for “Away,” will draw more fans of the TV show “Workaholics” and a Medieval Times dinner rather than any environmentalists.
||| Download: “Away”
||| Live: Trapdoor Social plays March 7 at On the Rox.