Unlocking The Truth – Middle Schoolers Make Metal History
So I had to share this band with you. It’s my duty
Unlocking The Truth caught my eye because they’re talented, they have personality, and they go hard.
But a couple of things set them apart from most mainstream rock bands: They’re black. And, oh yeah, they’re 12 and 13 years old.
Alec Atkins (bass), Malcolm Brickhouse (guitar) and Jarad Dawkins (drums) are three young men from Brooklyn and members of the youngest heavy metal act ever signed to a major label (Sony).
They’ve opened for megagroups like Guns ‘N Roses and Queens of the Stone Age and are the youngest band to have performed at Coachella.
Unlocking The Truth formed in 2006. Yes, when they were six. They eventually started performing in Times Square and booked their first gig at Amateur Night at the Apollo in 2012.
The August 4 – August 10 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek features the band in a piece titled “Baby Thrashers” in which the boys state they were teased and bullied for liking rock music.
But that didn’t faze them. In the aforementioned New York Times feature Brickhouse insists, “We do metal.”
We want to bring it back to the way it was in the ’80s. We don’t want to switch up our style and do pop or rap.
In the Bloomberg article Dawkins’s mother describes the first time she heard her son’s music:
I thought, ‘Oh, my God. No! He’s going to be demonic. He’s not going to love Jesus anymore.’
Her statement made me chuckle because I remember someone asking me when I was younger if I worshiped the devil because I listened to rock.
I’m proud of these young men because they’re following their hearts instead of the crowd. Children (and adults, for that matter) can be cruel. It takes a lot to just be yourself these days.
Unlocking The Truth needs to sell more than 250,000 albums to get beyond their initial first-album advance. I think they can do it. And I’m going to help them.
Maybe you will, too.
And for your listening pleasure, here are two more Unlocking The Truth performances. Enjoy.
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