Interview: Unlocking The Truth
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:10:02
Unlocking The Truth are about to turn heavy metal upside down. Already, they've delivered incendiary and show-stopping performances everywhere from Coachella to opening for Guns N' Roses and Scar the Martyr. However, now that the New York trio just inked a deal with Sony, it's ready to make a lasting impact on the genre. The band possesses immense talent and skill that belies their ages, but what's most impressive is their spirit. It's simply inspiring watching them transfix audiences and, when their debut album drops later this year, it's going to change metal forever...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Unlocking The Truth frontman Malcolm Brickhouse talks signing to Sony, recent gigs, new music, and so much more.
What's been your favorite show that you've played recently?
The biggest thing we've done so far is probably opening up for Guns N' Roses. My favorite gig we played was at Coachella. I loved the crowd's reaction. There was a lot of energy. They listened to everything we said, and there was a great vibe. It helped my stage performance as well because I feed off the crowd's energy when I perform. I crowd-surfed at the end. It wasn't planned, but they asked for one song. We weren't allowed to play another one so I went and crowd-surfed. I put my guitar down and jumped out. It was fun.
Do you like play indoors or outdoors better?
I like playing indoors better because of all the lights. I like having a light show. I like indoor better venues better. It gets really hot outside so I'd rather play inside.
How cool was meeting Axl Rose?
Axl was really nice! It was fun opening for them. I could tell people were enjoying it. It was a great opportunity. We're fans of Guns N' Roses. They're some of my idols.
Is that a Slayer ESP guitar?
It's a 20th anniversary Slayer model. I love it. It plays really nicely. I use that guitar the most.
Have you already begun writing more music?
Well, we're meeting with producers right now to see which producer we like. We're recording demos. We added some vocals. You can expect to hear that on our album. The record should be out by the end of the year.
Is it heavier?
It's a bit heavier, I would say. We're going to do more old than new songs, but the new ones are really good. We're going to improve on all the old ones with some effects. I'm singing, and the band helps me do the backups.
Singing and playing simultaneously isn't easy...
It's not, but I don't find it that difficult to sing at the same time. Certain songs, it can be, but that's what practice is for. It really does makes perfect. You've got to practice.
Which song speaks to you the most right now?
We don't really have names for the new songs yet. My favorite song overall is "Monster". It's usually the last song in our set. The lyrics are about being used. It's like a bad relationship. I wanted to write about it for people who have been in bad relationships so everybody can see what it's about.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
It's important to tell stories, especially with the lyrics. When I listen to songs, I like to hear something I can relate to. That's what I want to write my songs about because it's what inspired me to play metal. If I can write songs that can help other people, it's really humbling to me. I used to look up to my idols. They would write about things I loved so now I can write about things other people love.
What bands do you relate to the most?
My favorite band right now is Like Moths to Flames. They're an up-and-coming band. Another band I like to listen to is Memphis May Fire. That's in terms of lyrics. Musically, I like legends such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. At Fun Fun Fest, we met Slayer. We sort of opened up for them, I guess, in a way! They're awesome live.
How does it feel to get signed to Sony?
It's a dream come true. I've dreamed about this since I was seven-years-old. Now, it's actually happening. Not a lot of kids can say they're living a dream at this age. It's amazing.
You show kids it's possible to achieve your dreams.
Exactly, it's nice to inspire children that they can do whatever they want to do no matter what other people say.
How does the writing process work for you?
First, I work on riffs. After I make up a riff, I try to go into a chorus by myself. When the other guys come over, they can include what they feel works best in the song. The lyrics come last. That's how the musical process usually works.
Are you excited for Unlocking The Truth?