Recently signed metal band Unlocking The Truth have a message that needs to be heard by all you twentysomething musicians out there complaining about not being famous yet instead of actually recording and performing new music: "If you stay doing what you love to do, you're passionate about it, your dreams will come true," the band's Malcolm Brickhouse told MTV News.
Sage words, dude, sage words, indeed.
Oh, and did I mention that they're going to be in eighth grade come the fall? Yeah. Now pull out that guitar/synth/cowbell and shut it.
The boys from Brooklyn -- Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, Alec Atkins, 13, and Jarad Dawkins, 12 -- signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony just last week, scoring them a two-album deal and a $60,000 advance for album number one, as well as an option for four more records. Additionally, the little dudes have played Coachella, opened for Guns N' Roses and tooled around the Vans Warped Tour. They're also primed to put out a documentary and book.
I know what you're thinking, oh ramblement of band dudes currently lurking in basements and crying: "These must be some YouTube-spun cover artists, plucked from the ethers by some slimy manager with dollar signs for eyes."
Nope. They're just a trio of kids who love metal. Malcom and Jarad met at a birthday party -- Alec made their acquaintance in preschool (a.k.a. when you were eating paste). Soon after, they started a band, settling on metal because it scored the anime that they loved. Weekends, usually reserved for playing outside or, you know, catching bugs and whatnot, were dedicated to practicing in Malcolm's basement. And by "weekend," we mean every single one.
"We were able to express ourselves through music in his basement," Jarad told MTV News. "The fact that it wasn't soundproof was kind of amazing because the neighbors didn't complain or anything like that."
Instead of pulling out the camera and uploading their polished tunes to YouTube, the guys took to the streets -- or, street, rather: the biggest one in New York City.
"The first place in Times Square we performed on was 41st and 7th over by Red Lobster, which, we couldn't perform there no more because we crowded up the street and the police kept complaining," Jarad said. "I didn't expect to get that type of reaction out of people or anything like that. Especially coming from Times Square on the street."
The kids' musicianship was what caught tourists' -- and Eric Clapton's drummer, Steve Jordan's -- eye, as well as their age. The band is extremely talented -- and not just "for a bunch of kids." You know what they say about practice...
Newly signed, the guys have a lot of goals, many of them lofty.
"My dream is to win any award," Jarad said. "Like Grammy, BET award, Billboard award -- one of them."
"I want the album to go either gold of platinum," Malcolm added.
Overall, however, they just want to get the message out that anything is possible -- even a bunch of kids from Brooklyn scoring a record deal before hitting high school.
"My main message that I want to put out is that people can be free and they can do what they want to do and not to what other people say," Malcolm said. "Be yourself and don't follow the crowd."
And, we might add: Quit complaining.