Unlocking the Truth members: (from left) Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, and Alec Atkins.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Unlocking the Truth is a metalcore trio composed of 11-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse (electric guitar), Jarad Dawkins (drums) and Alec Atkins (bassist).
Original members Brickhouse and Dawkins, started their first band, Tears of Blood, back in 2007. Despite their youth, Unlocking the Truth has honed their chops playing for audiences in Times Square, at NYC’s The Bitter End, and Amateur Night at the Apollo.
Writing and performing original compositions, the guys listen to everything from metal and hip hop to R&B and pop, and cite Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, SlipKnot, Metallica, and Disturbed among their inspirations.
3. The guys completely CRUSHING it in Times Square
4. Brickhouse, in the band’s East Flatbush practice space (aka his mom’s basement)
I want to know who dresses these kids, because their sense of style is pristine. And seriously, how does an 11-year-old own boots this epic??
5. “You can hate all you want, but at least you’re talking about me.”
-Dawkins in a 2012 Village Voice interview
Just in case the previous video has you convinced Brickhouse is holding down this fort of awesome all by himself, here’s Dawkins absolutely destroying it on the drums — which makes sense since he’s been drumming for nine years. Yep, since he was two!!!
6. One more must see: their audition video for America’s Got Talent
It’s difficult to process how so much adorable can simultaneously be so bad ass.
The band is currently completing their self-titled album, Unlocking the Truth, which they plan on releasing this summer. Check out their website for more videos of these tiny rockers.