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Tween metal trio land $1.7m Sony record deal after video goes viral

The Brooklyn trio are said to have been discovered in 2012 playing at Washington Square Park Photo: YouTube/Fuel10988

A trio of Brooklyn boys have landed a mammoth $1.7 million (£991,000) record deal with Sony Records, despite only being 12 and 13-years-old, the New York Post reported.

Footage of the young metallers playing on Times Square in New York went viral, receiving over 1.6 million views.

Unlocking the Truth - made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12 - are said to have been discovered after they posted their performance on YouTube.

According to the newspaper, the band are expecting to release two albums with Sony with the prospect of four more records after that. The kids could rake in over a million dollars if they release all six albums.

Jarad told the newspaper: "We were discovered on YouTube [...] After that we started getting calls and performing more and as we performed we got bigger and bigger".

However, his mother Tabatha told the New York Daily News that "school work comes first. If their school work is not done, they don't play".

The teens are currently on Vans Warped Tour around the US, and played at the Coachella festival in April this year.