Musical collective, Trapdoor Social, have dropped the visuals for their infectious track, ‘The Move’.
The fun, but will-give-you-goosebumps-video, is based on protests, climate change, and what we can do to help our planet.
‘The Move’, is inspired by the idea of a growing movement of people wanting to leave the world better than they found it.
It features band member, Sky Funk, riding a bike through the streets of Los Angeles.
“So, imagine how self-righteous I feel dodging traffic downtown on my bike, carbon-free and exposed to danger, like a joyous pioneer of an underutilized transportation system I think can save our city, jamming to this new beat we’re working on, wiggling my skinny ass down 8th St… I had to get a video expressing that sensation.”
The track is a captivating and instant feel-good tune with funk-fuelled guitars, impassioned vocals and a contagious chorus.
Trapdoor Social are an independent band on a mission.
The environmental activist group are known for always fundraising and supporting sustainability and producing outdoor solar-powered concerts around the U.S., such as Sunstock Solar Festival.
Other projects they have combined music and activism have benefitted the likes of Kids Cancer Connection, Mesa Ridge High School and Homeboy Industries.
We caught up with Sky Funk, to chat about their latest single, how the band came about and what we can expect from them in 2019!
Hey guys, so who does the band consist of?
Trapdoor Social started with Merritt Graves and myself (Sky Funk). We picked up Louie Gonzalez on guitar in 2013, and since then, other bassists and drummers have come and gone. Merritt doesn’t perform live with us these days, but this is still the core of the band.
Tell us some more about yourselves!
Well, Merritt and I met in school, doing environmental studies at Pomona College, in… 2008? We geeked out on music, philosophy, and questions of existential threats to humanity. These have remained common threads through our years together. Louie is a badass indie rocker from the Valley and we love him.
Tell us about your latest track, ‘The Move’.
The Move is an especially groove-oriented song for us – we’re often more on the alternative rock side – which has been super fun. It came out of a songwriting session featuring our whole band in late 2017, kind of a rare occurrence, but a super happy one in this case. I’ve been rocking out to this track since its’ earliest demos from the studio, namely on my bicycle riding around LA, which is the origin of the video! I’ll get to that in a sec.
The lyrics in this song – like some of our others we have done in the past – draw on my experience with the environmental activism and community here in LA. “We come from under…” – the verses describe the feeling of being involved with a niche cause that we feel shouldn’t be niche. And the chorus: “You too can be part of the move” (short for ‘the movement’).
So, imagine how self-righteous I feel dodging traffic downtown on my bike, carbon-free and exposed to danger, like a joyous pioneer of an underutilized transportation system I think can save our city, jamming to this new beat we’re working on, wiggling my skinny ass down 8th St… I had to get a video expressing that sensation. We got Adam Kudynski to drive a vespa around with John Haas strapped to his back and I chased them on my bike. And sang. John added the protest footage he had shot as well. Actually, I was originally planning to ride the 110 South from Solano Canyon to Chinatown… but opted out of the blatantly illegal. Ha. Anyway, it was an unforgettable experience. I’m super grateful to Adam and John and everyone else who helped and to you, for sharing it with the world!
Growing up, was it always music or did you have other aspirations?
For me, music was always a hobby. Parents required my brother and I to take some kind of music class every year. But it was always a pleasure… and then when I graduated with my degree and resume and started working desk jobs, it hit me like a freight train that I’d rather be performing. I have always (since high school pretty much) aspired to work in the environmental movement… But luckily, we’re finding other ways to keep doing that.
Who do you musically compare yourselves to?
We’ve often referenced Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, Third Eye Blind and other classics from our youth. These days I’m influenced by Bon Iver, Macklemore, Tame Impala, Sufjan Stevens. I know the other guys have different influences and I have no idea who to compare us to, haha. Sorry.
You’re planning to release an album and tour so what can we expect?
Well, the album is part way out – we’ve released Hold Me Down and The Move and Truth and we’re having so much fun I think we might just keep dropping songs from the album! Still to come are some nice folky moments, some more epic rock, some dark, brooding vibes, and all kind of weird stuff we’ve been trying. I can’t wait to share!
And finally, what are the goals for 2019?
In 2019 we are trying new strategies, breaking old habits, and finding our way. Yes, we’ve been a band for a handful of years. But the more we learn, the less we realize we know. It’s humbling and fun and we’re grateful to be in it. A wise man once told me success in art isn’t fame and fortune, it’s staying in the game. Making music. Expressing yourself and working on the craft. I’m glad to have the chance and be here writing this for you. Thank you!
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