Brooklyn eighth-graders get record deal with Sony

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- They can’t drive and they aren’t even in high school yet, but a young metal band from Brooklyn is making some very adult decisions.

Unlocking the Truth, which writes and performs all their own music, scored a record deal with one of the most famous labels in the world.

“It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon,” Tabatha Dawkins, whose son plays drums in the band, told the Daily News.

Unlocking the Truth is made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and bassist Alec Atkins, both 13; and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12.

Sony approached Brickhouse’s mother with a record proposal, then flew the boys to Los Angeles to seal the deal, according to the News.

The label has committed to producing at least two albums by Unlocking the Truth, with an option for four more records. They’ve been promised an advance of $60,000 for their first recording, $350,000 for a second record, and if they create all six albums, the boys could make as much as $1.7 million.

“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another,” Dawkins said.

Times Square and Washington Square Park were the band’s venues of choice before, in 2012, they were discovered by Eric Clapton’s drummer Steve Jordan. Since then, they’ve performed all over, including at Coachella, the Apollo Theater, Webster Hall and during a Brooklyn Nets playoff game, the Daily News reports.

Dawkins said the boys -- who will be going to different schools in the fall -- also have a contract to write a book and will film a documentary about their experiences.

For now, the trio is playing the Vans Warped Tour as the famous music festival moves through the northeast.

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