When the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup was released last week, underneath MGMT, Snoop Dogg, Slayer and other well-known acts was one that most people probably did not know: Brooklyn-based Unlocking the Truth. The trio, which started as a duo back in 2007, of Malcolm Brickhouse (electric guitar), Jarad Dawkins (drums) and Alec Atkins (bassist) played their first gigs outside subway stations in New York. And they’re in the sixth grade (now, not when they formed seven years ago. They met when they were 4.).
Fun Fun Fun Fest organizer/Transmission co-owner James Moody heard about the band a while back via some early write-ups and YouTube videos and reached out to the mother of one of the members, who referred to herself as their “mom-ager.” Since that time, a short documentary on the band — in which they explain how their love for metal doesn’t really go over with their classmates and share a fantasy list of venues they hope to play — has earned them some high-profile press, though Fun Fun Fun Fest is their biggest gig yet.
Moody said that the booking isn’t outside of the festival’s mission, comparing the group to other young groups that have played the fest (Austin’s Residual Kid, whose members still aren’t old enough to drive) and YouTube hits (Sexy Sax Man). “If we like it and think it makes sense for the fest, we just book it,” Moody said. “These kids are saying, at such a young age, funny things that we say like, ‘No one listens to metal anymore,’ and the whole story of them being bullied and painting their nails, that’s just young punk kids, something that we totally identify with.”
As for the rest of the bill, Moody said that he is excited about Jurassic 5 (“one of the best hip-hop acts we’ve ever seen”), Television, Simian Mobile Disco and FLAG.
Fun Fun Fun Fest’s comedy lineup will be announced Aug. 3 at the fest’s third annual Aqua Olympics at Fiesta Gardens. Three-day passes for the fest, which takes place Nov. 8-10 at Auditorium Shores, are on sale now at www.funfunfunfest.com.
AMP to get out the vote. Austin Music People will hold a voter registration event Aug. 20, at City Hall with special musical guests to be announced. The advocacy group also will register voters during its United We Jam event, a local music fest taking place Aug. 23-24 on Red River Street and at venues on the east side.
On Thursday, Reed Turner, the Roosevelts, Justin Soileau and more will perform at “the best of Austin folk” event at the Parish, which will benefit AMP. More at austinmusicpeople.org.
Spoon at work. Last week, Spoon drummer Jim Eno posted a series of photos of the band’s members sitting around his Public Hi-Fi Studio working on their next album, which will be the band’s eighth full-length. Fans will still have a bit of a wait — Eno said via text message that the band is still in monthly rehearsals and that recordings will start in the fall. “It’s sounding wild,” he said. In other Public Hi-Fi news, Eno is also at work recording Austin songwriter Dana Falconberry’s followup to 2012’s “Leelanau” album.
Antone’s Anniversary Bash. Antone’s will hold its 38th anniversary show on July 24, the first at the new location on East Riverside Drive. This year’s event will be dedicated to Bobby Blue Bland and will include a toast to Pinetop Perkins for what would have been his 100th birthday. David Grissom, Malford Milligan, Denny Freeman, Chris Layton, Derek O’Brien, Emily Gimble, Cindy Cashdollar, Larry Fulcher, Sarah Brown, George Rains, Johnny Nicholas, Georgia Bramhall and Damian Llanes are scheduled to perform.
In brief: Andrew W.K. will open the July 27 Black Sabbath show at the Erwin Center with a DJ set … Willie Nelson and the Family Band will perform his 1978 album “Stardust” in its entirety, backed by an orchestra, on Aug. 9 and 10 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles … Austin-based roots rock group Band of Heathens will release its fourth studio album, “Sunday Morning Record,” on Sept. 17. Founding members Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist perform as a duo at Strange Brew on July 25.