Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal band comprised of three 8th-graders from Brooklyn, has been signed to a two-album recording contract with Sony. The deal comes with a $60,000 up-front advance and an option for four additional LPs.
The band, made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, was founded in 2007 and has been riding the lightning to metal fame thanks to a steady run of heavy-beyond-their-years busking in Times Square and Washington Square Park . Now the Daily News reports that the boys have finalized a deal with Sony that could net them as much as $1.7 million over a possible 6 albums.
“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another,” Dawkins’s mother, Tabatha, told the News. The boys competed in the Apollo Theater’s amateur night (under the name Tears of Blood, no less) and have unleashed their middle-school riffage at venues like Webster Hall and the Coachella music festival. Unlocking the Truth is currently touring the country as a part of the Vans Warped Tour and recently took time off from pre-algebra class to open for Gun N Roses in Las Vegas.
Having scored the deal as minors (what were you doing during with your wasted years at that age?) the 8th graders’ Sony contract had to be approved and filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. The deal is remarkable on account of more than just the band’s age, band manager Alan Sacks affirmed. “Sacks says the boys have a chance of becoming the new face of rock because they are unique — black artists excelling in heavy metal, a genre typically dominated by white musicians,”the Post writes.
Details on the band’s debut release are still unclear, but when it does drop you should buy it. Because metal is awesome and folksy-bearded Brooklyn desperately needs more metal. Watch Brickhouse, Atkins, and Dawkins shred Times Square below. [source]
Along with many other of you, a friend of mine sent this into OHN very excited about the accomplishment of these young kids.
Seeing three young black males embracing the awesomeness of the guitar and reclaiming the helm of Rock and following in the footsteps of such awesome Black Heavy Metal cats as Living Colour, literally made the hairs on the back on the nape of my neck stand high. My response to my friend was simply this: “Young Black kids doing Rock n Roll? I’ll support it no matter what.” Rightfully so I….guess, my friend’s rebuttal was this: “Why not support them simply because it’s kids doing good, not because they are black? Seems like the wrong reason to support them.”
This was my response…
When you’ve live in a world where you are constantly judged as different from “the norm”, ask me that question.
When you live in a world where you are constantly judged as different even WITHIN your own larger racial orientation, ask me that question.
I will support these young black kids for doing Metal purely because they dare to go against the grain and against the “norm” in regards to what black kids should spend their time doing.
I will support them for the Black kid in the inner city who wants to show just how smart he/she really is in class but is afraid of being picked on and or ostracized by the other kids for being a punk-ass nerd.
I will support them for the black kid who would rather spend time and money dressing up as their favourite video game, comic book or anime character but then be told by those outside the counter culture and within that they can’t do that.
I will support if for ALL children who regardless of age, race, gender or sexuality would dare to be different from what their peers tell them is the cool thing to be.
I will support them for all these “wrong” reasons.
..and you can agree with them or not.