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Months ago, three New York City teenagers who formed the metal band Unlocking the Truth needed legal approval in order to sign a recording contract with Sony Records. Now the band wants out of their deal.

At SXSW to promote Breaking A Monster, a documentary about their rise from viral fame to playing main stages at Coachella & the Vans Warped Tour, the band’s management confirmed to Billboard that they were seeking a release rom their contract.

“Our attorneys are working on our exit from Sony now,” guitarist, songwriter and singer Malcolm Brickhouse said at the March 14 world premiere of Breaking a Monster, a documentary on how the band rose from playing the sidewalks of Times Square to the main stage of Coachella and Vans Warped Tour.

Band manager Alan Sacks confirmed they were in the process of leaving Sony, but said there were no other details to give.

The band, which consists of Brickhouse and seventh grade friends Jarad Dawkins (drums) and Alec Atkins (bass) had been performing together since 2010, crafting their metal sound in a NYC basement. From playing sidewalks in the city, the trio caught the ear of Sony Records who inked them to a lucrative, incentive laden contract which would net the trio $1.8 million if they sold over 250,000 copies of their debut album.

Given the current climate of music sales, it would be a pretty interesting feat for the band. With royalty percentages (16-17%) on top of a $60,000 advance for their first album, figures would only increase by the time album #2 rolled around with a $350,000 advance check with their name on it waiting for them. Of course, Unlocking the Truth were going to have to net that 250,000 sales threshold first.

Even though Unlocking the Truth has plenty of key ad placements via Verizon and Beats, there hasn’t been much music from the band since the contract was signed and their long awaited Free As You Wanna Be EP still hasn’t seen the light of day. Maybe getting out of their insane deal with Sony is the best move.