Unlocking The Truth: School metal band signs record deal with Sony Music
New York’s school heavy metal band Unlocking The Truth featuring one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds have signed a record deal with Sony Music.
From Brooklyn, Unlocking The Truth have already appeared at major festivals and opened for Guns N’ Roses.
Reports suggest the trio could make $1.7 million for up to six albums.
Unlocking The Truth is made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and 12-year-old drummer Jarad Dawkins.
The teenagers create their own lyrics and music while still going to school in Brooklyn.
Discovered in New York’s Washington Square Park by Eric Clapton’s drummer, Steve Jordan, in 2012, the boys say they’ve since had gigs all over the US.
One of their biggest breaks came in August last year where they won the first round of the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands, going on to perform at the AfroPunk Festival.
This year they performed at Coachella Music and Arts Festival, opened for rock veterans Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas and are due to play ahead of Queens of the Stone Age.
On their website, Unlocking the Truth say they were inspired by Metallica, Slipknot, Disturbed, Living Colour, Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, ”and many other great bands”.
On the news of their deal Jarad Dawkins’ mother, Tabatha Dawkins said: ”It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon.
“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another.”
Unlocking The Truth say they just want to be the best metal band in the world.
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