The band sets up shop at West 40th and 7th, near Times Square. Photo: unlockingthetruthband.com
'Unlocking The Truth' just might have the keys to the metal kingdom, and they're only in the 6th grade.
Malcolm Brickhouse is the band's guitarist (you almost have to be a musician when your last name is a wicked Commodores song). He's 11 and he cranks it to 11.
Jarad Dawkins pounds the skins at a mere 10 and we can't tell you much about Alec Atkins. As it says on the band's site, he's "the new bassist, but just give him a chance". Will do.
The boys are from Flatbush and Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, which birthed Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Jay-Z and Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan, but these kids are pure metal.
They're so metal in fact, they perform in a makeshift tent near Times Square and list 'Disturbed', 'Slipknot' and 'Metallica' as key influences.
"We're different because we're black," Brickhouse tells the Village Voice. "Some of my friends like [hard rock], and some of them don't," Dawkins says. "You can hate all you want, but at least you're talking about me."
And talking about them they are, as the band's been featured on several metal websites.
Here's the band doing "Start the Game". You'll never see anyone rock out harder in an argyle sweater.
Dawkins has been playing drums since he was three and late bloomer Brickhouse picked up an axe when he was six.
As it says on the site, "Heavy metal is in their blood. That is why they do it so well."
Check out their Facebook page too.
But it's not all about the music. They're good students (at least according to their website) and their parents are very encouraging. Maybe too much.
The kids joke that their dad is Joe Jackson, the notorious task master of the Jackson family. But look how normal they are.