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Kidrock: The Best, Worst And Most Confusing Youthful Hits And Misses

by | 15th, July 2014




WHEN you think of children being in bands, you immediately think of the Jackson 5 or Hanson. They’re slick, pro-outfits that have been tutored and taught within an inch of their lives.

That’s not to say they’re bad in any way, but they’re basically making music by adults, aimed at kids. The youthful joy is there, but what about the abandon and awkwardness which makes children such a fascinating prospect?

Well, one band Unlocking The Truth have brought all that back.

They’ve done a Warped tour and Coachella, after making an unholy racket in their hometown of Brooklyn. Three ridiculously cool kids making gonzo metal. What’s not to love? Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, have just been snapped up by Sony in a deal said to be worth nearly $2 million.

( More on them here. )

The trio also has a book deal with Penguin and a documentary about them is also due.

So, let’s look at the band and, while we’re at it, check out some of the other brilliant kidrock bands that have existed over the years. Some of it polished, some of it as confusing and brilliant as the children that made it.



Unlocking the Truth

First up, we have UTT’s ‘farewell’ gig, which basically meant they were taking it off the streets and into the studio with all those execs and the like. It might ruin them. It might just make them. We’ll have to wait and see.




Los Dilly Sisters

The Dilly Twins made their name as the pests that drove the gang mad by showing up and playing “ta ra ra boom de ay”. They also cut a tremendously sweet version of the garage punk classic, ‘Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White’, which you can hear below. Gloriously unaccomplished and perfect.




Earth Dies Burning

Earth Dies Burning was formed in ’81 in the San Fernando Valley and made one of the most amazing, unhinged brilliant collections of music ever to grace an ear. Part electronic nervous breakdown, part hardcore, part teenager just screaming until every atom vibrated with frustration, EDB are all that’s great about music distilled into one glorious mess. You can buy their astonishing album here




Wendy & Bonnie

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