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(for those for whom the Parkside Q is their hometrain)

News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.

Monday, July 22, 2013

East Flatbush Thrashcore

Y'all need to be aware that stardom looms for three nearby-ers...12ish-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins, whose East Flatbush basement roars with the rock of ages. Inspired (clearly) by Metalica, these guys have gotten notice by playing (how brilliant is this) at Times Square. Clearly moms and/or dads are involved, getting their gear out there and setting up all kamikaze style. Check out this amazing curbside video and if you're feeling it, jump to 4:50 for a killer drum intro and thrash moment. Probably good they don't sing...singers really can get in the way of a good riff. Rock on with your sixth grade (going into seventh) selves!

From Ebony magazine: “I started playing when I was about 5 or 6, because my mom’s friend told her to get me a guitar,” Malcolm says from the rehearsal space of a parent’s basement. (Sporting an Afro the size of The Boondocks’ Huey Freeman, he’s currently wearing a cast on his arm, dislocated doing monkey-bar backflips at day camp.) “At the time, she was trying to see what my different talents were. She tried me out for piano but it didn’t work, and then she tried me out for guitar. So that’s what I’m playing now.” “I’m waiting to get drum lessons from Steve Jordan,” says Jarad Dawkins. The John Mayer Trio drummer has recently taken Jarad under his wing. “Other than that, I’m just working from home with my electric drum kit to make songs better.” Unlocking the Truth is almost done with their second full-length collection of original songs, inspired per usual by the likes of Slipknot and Metallica, and written by the tweeners themselves.

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Anonymous said...

I love rock and metal all the more when it's played by kids and teens. Great music, talent and style. Good luck to them!

Sean said...

I heard about these kids a while ago but had no idea they lived nearby. Their vids on youtube are awesome.

Rararuuu said...

Saw them on W. Kamau Bell's Totally Biased and it was pretty much the BEST. If I ever spot them out in TS or anywhere else for that matter, I'm sure I'll be just as floored as I was watching them perform on TV. Talk about talent!