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Unlocking the Truth / Bio

Unlocking the Truth is a young metal band from Brooklyn, New York, who write and create their own lyrics and music. The founding band members are Malcolm Brickhouse (electric guitar) and Jarad Dawkins (drums).

In March of 2012, Unlocking the Truth competed on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater (aka Tears of Blood /http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_3k8BhT5cI) and made it to the Show-Off Round, and afterward they began performing at fairs and festivals around New York City, and in Times Square.

Last year Malcolm and Jarad decided they needed a bass player, so they asked their best friend from preschool, Alec Atkins, to join their band. Even though Alec did not know how to play bass, they boys taught him from scratch.

One of Unlocking the Truth's biggest breaks came last August after winning the first round of the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands. Although they did not win the final battle, they were still invited to perform at the AfroPunk Festival last summer (www.afropunkfest.com).

As their buzz kept growing, they were given opportunities to perform at the 2013 Fun, Fun, Fun Festival in Austin, Texas and at the NYC film premiere after party of Death Metal Angola (http://www.docnyc.net/film/death-metal-angola/#.UnnEevmsim4).

What's really exciting now is that Unlocking the Truth is part of the 2014 lineup of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival (http://www.coachella.com/) and they’re performing at SxSW (South by Southwest).

The band appeared on Totally Biased, Fuse News TV and most recently, in a Beats by Dr. Dre commercial. Unlocking the Truth were featured in the December issue of New York Magazine as the 15th Reason To Love New York; Revolver Magazine, NoiseyVice.com, Spin.com and they're being reviewed all over the internet.

Unlocking the Truth has created enough music to complete at least 3 CDs and still counting. In fact, they’ll be going into the studio late spring to record their first album.

Unlocking the Truth were inspired by Metallica, SlipKnot, Disturbed, Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, and many other great bands.

Unlocking the Truth’s goal is to become one of the world's best metal bands, and with their music, they want people to know that they could do what they want, no matter who they are, or what people say. Just be free as you want to be!

Metal is in their blood.

General Info

Band Members
Malcolm (guitar), Jarad (drums), Alec (bass)
Artist Name
Unlocking the Truth
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Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY