Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band recorded their album in a friend's empty house during the summer of 2005. There is a strong sense of politics, poetry and community in Dupree's band, with a revoloving cast of artists.
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Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band

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Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band

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The music of Alex Dupree and his Trapdoor Band is poetic and political. In the featured track, "Sarah is Rising," they proclaim "my city reeks of turpentine; stand up, we're marching side by side/so follow me and learn to lose." There is a strong senes of community and revolution behind The Trapdoor Band. It's a collective with a revolving door for incoming and departing musicians.

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The Trapdoor Band's sound ranges from dense, melodic folk to the lo-fi ditties that live up to their do-it-yourself roots. Dupree's voice sits in the foreground against a mix of multiple banjos, acoustic guitars, fiddles and more.

Not much else is known about Alex Dupree and The Trapdoor Band. According to Dupree, they record in empty houses and church attics. They play music in motel rooms, riverbeds and street parades. They cook together because it's cheaper and sing together because they are lonely.

In March, this esoteric group can be found in their hometown of Austin, TX during South by Southwest, playing at the 29th Street Co-op.