Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has written a letter to the city council of Cornwall, England on behalf of a local teen metal band that’s been prohibited from practicing in their parents’ garage due to a noise ordinance. The band, Black Leaves Of Envy, has been unable to practice for almost three months as a result. Grohl wrote, “Like many musicians, I started in a garage in my neighborhood. Together with friends, my adolescent years were made better by playing music with others.”

  • The band was ordered by the Cornwall Council to take their sound levels way down to 30 or 40 decibels — about the equivalent of the hum from a refrigerator.
  • One of the teen’s fathers told the Plymouth Herald that the group has not been able to practice in three months since it can’t feasibly rehearse at that low level.
  • Grohl addressed that issue in his open letter, explaining that “the band is having difficulty functioning within the current noise restrictions placed upon them.”
  • He added, “Music is not only a healthy pastime, it is a wonderful creative outlet for kids, and fosters a sense of community necessary to the emotional and social development of any child . . .I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song.”
  • Grohl concluded by writing, “I ask that you reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of (the band’s) private rehearsal space. I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams in a world where anything is possible.”
  • Foo Fighters are on hiatus at the moment but recently released a humorous video in which they responded to rumors that the band was breaking up.

Post Inquiry –

  • Is it cool of Dave to get involved or this issue none of his business?
  • Did you ever do some sort of art or music that was stopped by complaints?
  • Should the Cornwall Council let the boys practice?