UNLOCKING THE TRUTH - Eighth Graders Sign Two Album Deal With Sony; Book And Documentary In The Works
July 13, 2014, a year ago
Barbara Ross at the New York Daily News reports that Brooklyn's Unlocking The Truth have signed a two album deal with Sony:
Three of the hottest rockers on the metal scene aren’t out of middle school yet, but the Brooklyn boys just signed a huge record deal.
Sony has committed to producing at least two albums with Unlocking the Truth — and it has an option for four more records.
Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12 — who have played at gigs all over the country, including appearances at Coachella festival in California and opening for Guns N’ Roses — are promised an advance of $60,000 for their first recording. The second record could net them an advance as much as $350,000.“It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon,” said Jarad’s mother, Tabatha Dawkins. “What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another.”
Annette Jackson, Malcolm's mother and the group’s co-manager, said Jolene Cherry from Sony reached out and wanted to offer a contract over the phone, but to prove the label’s interest, she flew the boys to Los Angeles where they gave a private performance that sealed the deal.
Dawkins said the boys are all entering the eighth grade at different schools in Brooklyn next year and they’re all good students.
“School work comes first. If their school work is not done, they don’t play,” she said.
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Unlocking The Truth have appeared on select shows of this summer's Warped tour. Their tour schedule is currently as follows:
July15 - Burgettstown, PA - First Niagara Pavilion (Warped Tour)
18 - Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory (with Queens Of The Stone Age)
20 - Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage At The Mann Center For The Performing Arts (with Queens Of The Stone Age)
(Photo - Phil Knott)