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Sony signs 8th graders band Unlocking the Truth to record deal

While most 8th graders are going about their lives being 8th graders, three youngsters from Brooklyn, NY have been busy making music, playing gigs, and now signing with a major record label. Sony has just signed Unloking the Truth to a five album deal for 1.7 millian dollars. The band was founded by Malcolm Brickhouse (electric guitar) and Jared Dawkins (drums); then the duo later added their best friend Alec Atkins to supply the base.

Musicians Alec Atkins, Jarad Dawkins and Malcolm Brickhouse of Unlocking the Truth pose onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter

Unlocking the truth started by playing festivals around New York. The band came into prominance after winning the first round of the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands, then came performance opportunities in 2013 Fun, Fun, Fun Festival in Austin, Texas, and the after party of the NYC premier of Death Metal Angola. More recently, Unlocking the Truth have performed at the 2014 Coachella Music & Arts Festival, opened for Guns N' Roses in Las Vegas, will perform at Vans' 2014 Warped Tour; opening for Queen of the Stone Ages; and they were added to the Heavy Montreal line up. Not bad for three African-American kids playing of things, Heavy Metal music.

According to their website, the boys count Metallica, Slipknot, Disturbed, Living Colour, Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, among others as the inspiration behind their music. Their goal is to become one of the world's best metal bands, and with their music, they want people to know that they could do what they want, no matter who they are, or what people say. Just be free as you want to be! Metal is in their blood.

Rock on Dudes -- Rock On!!!

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