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Malcolm Brickhouse and Jared Dawkins aren’t your average Flatbush, Brooklyn pre-teens.  The music in their earbuds may not be the latest thing that Hot 97 is attempting to pass off as “music”, but a little bit closer to what’s played on  New York’s rock stations.

In 2007, at the age of 5, Malcolm and Jared formed their metal band “Tears of Blood”.  What first started out as a duo, has now been made into a trio. Their childhood friend, Alec Atkins is their new bass player. The boys say they draw inspiration from groups such as: Slipknot, Disturbed, Metallica, Escape the Fate, Motionless in White, and Chelsea Grin.

If you’re lucky enough you can catch them performing on the streets of New York City, but in a new documentary, “Unlocking The Truth – Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins”, you’re able to get a glimpse inside of their lives.

But where there’s success, there’s also “haters” and bullies.

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Seriously, how can you actually hate on these kids? They’re a notch above awesome and haven’t even hit puberty yet.

But of course there are those kids who will find any reason to bully another.

“I know a lot of people doubt me,” Malcolm tells The Avant/Garde Diaries. “But then I really don’t listen to those people, because I know I’m going to be famous anyway.”

Haters gonna hate, but Jared knows what eventually happens to haters.

 “Now I’m writing a book. The book is about people who are being bullied in school and they joined a band, and they have became rich and famous, and they toured all over the world. And people that judged them, they have became homeless. And it’s, like, based on a true story.”

I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from these kids, they don’t seem like they plan on being just an afterthought in the world of music. 

Unlocking The Truth – Malcolm Brickhouse & Jarad Dawkins from The Avant/Garde Diaries on Vimeo.

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  • Eduardo

    I wish them all the success in the world, and I respect them because the easiest thing is to follow the others. I’m Puerto Rican, and I don’t care much for salsa -I grew up listening to metal and classical music. Congrats to them for doing what they like.

  • RenJennM

    I love stories like this! I’m only sad that haven’t heard of them sooner. I love various genres of music, and I like supporting new talent.

    What’s dope about these kids is that not only are they actually talented and good, but they seem to have this sense of awareness and identity that most adults don’t have, let alone kids. I’ve noticed that about a lot people from Brooklyn — many of them have a grand confidence in themselves at a young age (i.e. Astro) and many of them often almost seem like adults before the age of 18.

    Anyway, I wish them the best. I’m going to try to support them. Who’s to say that music will always be their dream, but in the meanwhile, we should encourage them while they have that drive to succeed.

  • jay chiba

    those kids rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and if it ain’t metal,it’s crap!!!!!!!!!!!!! late. j!!

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