Unlocking The Truth: the greatest 11-year-old metal band in New York City
RESTORING our faith in music’s future are Unlocking The Truth, a sixth-grade metal band. It’s not all about Simon’s Cowell’s CD collection (now almost one-shelf long!). Take it away, Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins.
The boys (all 11-years-old) spoke to Vice:
Where do you guys get the ideas for your songs?
Jarad: Well, people judge Malcolm about… he wears nail polish and I dealt with it once and I see what Malcolm felt because everybody judged him, but I ignored it and I think he does too. Alec do you get judged?
Alec: No… I go to a weird school so, like, anything happens.
What do you guys think about rap?
Malcolm: I don’t like it at all.
Alec: Rap is meaningless.
Any rituals before you go on stage?
Jarad: I usually do paradiddles. It’s a drum strategy to get my arms in shape.
Malcolm: I sweep pick. And when I perform, I get nervous and start talking to myself. I say random things to myself to make me forget about why I’m nervous. I don’t know how that works. Or I sing to myself.
Alec: Before I perform I play “Seven Nation Army” to get my arm into shape because it’s on a whole bunch of different frets where you have to skip so, it helps with my arm.
So do you guys totally rule at Guitar Hero and Rock Band and stuff like that?
Malcolm: I do.
What’s your high score?
Malcolm. A hundred. A hundred percent.
What song were you playing when you killed it?
Jarad: “Bat Country,” by Avenged Sevenfold.
Do you think it helps you play the guitar?
Malcolm: Yeah I think so. It stretches my fingers out.