Brooklyn-based tween rock band Unlocking the Truth has reportedly signed a seven-figure album deal with Sony.
Unlocking the Truth — comprising 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, bassist Alec Atkins (13) and drummer Jarad Dawkin (12) — made their stage debut competing on Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater in 2012 and later began performing in Times Square. They became the youngest band to play Coachella’s main stage earlier this year and have opened for Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas.
Unlocking the Truth’s manager, Alan Sacks, told the New York Post that an executive from Sony called him after seeing an online video of the band performing in Times Square. The call resulted in a $1.8 million deal for five albums.
The band will only see the real money after an initial $60,000 advance if their debut album sells more than 250,000 copies, the Post says. TMZ notes that the act would receive $325K for the second album, $400K for the third, $450K for the fourth and $550K for the fifth.
The contract — which reportedly includes 16 to 17 percent in royalties — was submitted for a Manhattan judge’s approval on July 11 because the musicians are minors, according to the Post.
Unlocking the Truth has already written enough material for three albums and plans to head into the studio this month to record its first EP, according to the band’s website. Upcoming performances include dates with Queens of the Stone Age, Vans Warped Tour and Living Colour. The group cites Metallica, Slipknot and Disturbed as some of its influences.