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All I Want For Christmas: More Unlocking The Truth

Despite Christmas being right around the corner, I’m already over it.

Blame the aggressive, incessant marketing at every turn and retailers forcing you to listen to holiday music, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people but hey – live and let live, right? Still, I give props where they’re due and right now I am all about this heavy metal rendition of “Jingle Bells” by Unlocking The Truth for fashion label Cole Haan:

Not what you were expecting, was it? Did I mention that they’re just 12 years old? Meet Unlocking The Truth, a pre-teen metal band from Brooklyn – I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.

Unlocking The Truth - Photos by Kevin Shea Adams for Noisey

Left: Malcolm Brickhouse, guitar; Middle: Jarad Dawkins, drums; Right: Alec Atkins, bass. Photos by Kevin Shea Adams for Noisey.

You don’t have to be a massive metalhead to appreciate what these kids are doing. Why wouldn’t you want to clap your hands like Sherman Klump’s mother and cheer when you see Black youth embracing who they are and excelling at what they’re passionate about? Can we pause for a moment to talk about how the name Malcolm Brickhouse is perfect for a metal guitarist? He doesn’t even need an alias! Never mind that they aren’t even old enough buy tickets for a PG-13 movie when they’ve performed for thousands at this year’s AfroPunk Festival in Brooklyn, at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas and more. Before all of that, they appeared on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell and proceeded to melt the face of everyone present:

LOL at this guy. He wasn’t ready:

This guy looks like he's thinking "WEIRDEST. RAP SONG. EVER."

Dude looks like he’s thinking “WEIRDEST. RAP SONG. EVER.”

Before the music festivals and the TV appearances, they’re talented kids with a passion for music, a strong work ethic and a clear vision of the future they want to achieve:

How does it feel to be “out-cooled” by middle schoolers? I’m not even mad and I’m more than happy to give them all of their props. I don’t just mean props for being cool. I’m talking about props for understanding the value of hard work and for being true to themselves. And major props to their parents for being supportive, otherwise all of this might not even be happening.

All I want for Christmas is more Unlocking The Truth, and according to their website, their upcoming third and fourth (!!!) albums are in the process of being completed, but have been pushed back “because they’re such perfectionists” – needless to say, I’m looking forward seeing a lot more of them in 2014 and beyond.


About Stephanie Vaughn

Stephanie Vaughn is a nerd and a music fanatic who can be found over at Digital DJ Pool’s blog. All views are her own and you can find her to talk it out on Twitter at @_SLVaughn.