Fun Fun Fun Fest Artist Interview: Unlocking the Truth

Photo courtesy of Unlocking the Truth.

The members of Unlocking the Truth are living proof that age is just a number. All three band members of one of Fun Fun Fun Fest’s most unique acts are under the age of 13.

But Unlocking the Truth isn’t your typical pre-teen sensation — forget boy-band pop or Beiber-esque riffs; their goal is to become one of the world's best heavy metal bands.

“I think our age gives us an advantage, because there are not a lot of young metal bands, so that makes us stick out more than ever,” said Malcom Brickhouse, who plays electric guitar.

Unlocking the Truth formed in 2007, when it’s founding members, Brickhouse and drummer Jarad Dawkins, started playing music together. Since then, bass player Alec Atkins joined the band, and the group has achieved commercial success, playing in front of 25,000 people at AfroPunk Festival this past August, and now taking the stage at FFF Fest.

“Malcolm and I used to go to wrestling matches and also watched animated music videos, and we liked what we heard — the sounds of the music and the effect it had on the wrestlers when they came out of their locker room all pumped and ready to fight,” Dawkins said. “It helped us to create what we wanted to do and what we would like it to sound like. That's when I knew music was a profession for me.”

Along with entertaining thousands of listeners, the three members of Unlocking the Truth have the typical responsibilities of any 12-year-old — they’re all full-time students.

“School always comes first,” Atkins said. “I focus on my schoolwork during the week, and whatever time I have left before going to bed, I will practice for a few minutes and then on the weekends we have band practice at Malcolm's house.”

Despite the youth of its members, Unlocking the Truth has the sound and fundamental elements of any seasoned metal band.

“If I had to describe my music to a stranger, I would say it's loud, easy to head-bang to, metal and catchy,” Brickhouse said.

The three performers cited a number of musical influences in the heavy metal genre, whom they aspire to be like one day.

“The musicians that I look up to are Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin, Memphis May Fire, August Burns Red, Living Colour and more,” Dawkins said. “I look up to them because they are trying to be a voice for the next generation, and that's exactly what they are doing.”

Unlocking the Truth aspires to be the voice of their own generation.

“I hope to reach kids my age with our music,” Atkins said. “I want them to be able to be free to express themselves and do what makes them happy.”

The three band members are remarkably unanimous in their mission as performers.

“I just want people to be happy in the crazy world we live in,” Brickhouse said. “I just want them to leave with a smile on their face.”