Dave Grohl defends teen metal band against noise complaints
Dave Grohl wants a British town council to lift its restrictions on a teen metal band.
It’s times like these you need Dave Grohl in your corner.
The Foo Fighters frontman posted an impassioned open letter to a British town council Tuesday, asking local authorities in Cornwall, England, to lift restrictions on a teen metal band deemed too loud to jam out in a family garage.
“For the sake of your local band Black Leaves of Envy, and for the generations of young musicians that they may eventually inspire, I ask that you reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space,” Grohl wrote on the Foo Fighters’ website.
“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.”
Citing his long, fruitful career as a drummer for Nirvana and lead singer of the Foo Fighters, Grohl argued that he couldn’t have achieved that success without his humble garage-band origins.
“For musicians that lack the resources to rehearse in professional facilities, a garage or basement is the only place they have to develop their talent and passion,” the 47-year-old wrote. “I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song.”
For good measure, Grohl also provided the band a diagram-heavy tutorial on how to sound-proof its practice space.
The members of Black Leaves of Envy apparently play too loud while practicing.
The council last week forbade Black Leaves of Envy — aka community college students Cerys Plenty, 17, Dylan Plenty, 15, Adam Jones, 17, and Lewis Cunningham, 15 — from their loud rehearsals after neighbors complained, reported local paper The Plymouth Herald.
But the aspiring hard rockers balked at the government’s desired noise level — 30 to 40 decibels, or the approximate equivalent of ambient outdoor noise, according to the paper.
The teens appealed to Grohl, known for championing the power of garage jam sessions, for his help.
Grohl also provided sound-proofing tips.
“It’s just been surreal — I’m speechless,” Jones told the BBC after the musician’s gesture. “Seeing the Foo Fighters tag you in a post on Facebook was just incredible.”
A Cornwall Council spokesman reportedly later clarified that it hadn’t barred the band from playing; only “advised that the sound levels are currently too high.”