Dave Grohl has shown support to an unsigned English teenage band after they were prevented from practicing in a family garage due to local noise restrictions…Of course, haha!

The Foo Fighters frontman penned a letter to the local council in Cornwall after the four members of metal band Black Leaves of Envy appealed for his support.

“That’s the story of Nirvana basically, young musicians starting off in a garage,” 17-year-old Adam Jones, lead guitarist and singer with the group, told AFP. “It’s pretty surreal, we sent the letter off to ask for his support … We were all shocked when we got the reply.”

Jones said the band members, all aged between 15 and 17, had been unable to practice for months as letters from the council threatened steep fines if they broke a noise limit of 30-40 decibels – about the level of a fridge humming. Oh my. Oh dear. How very Cornwall of them 😉

Here’s what Dave had to say.


What was there reply?

“The Council’s Community Protection team is currently investigating the complaint and we are working with everyone involved to offer advice and try and find a solution,” the statement reads. “The law regarding statutory noise nuisance is based on what is reasonable and it may be that certain activities such as the regular playing of loud music are not appropriate in a residential area.

The Council is legally required to investigate once it has received a complaint about noise. In this case we have received a number of complaints about the level of noise. We have not, however, told the band to stop playing or told them they must keep sound levels below 40 decibels. We have not prescribed a set noise level but have advised that the sound levels are currently too high. We have offered to work with them to look at ways of reducing the noise levels by suggesting they look at installing some sound proofing into the garage to address the problem or possibly compromise by looking at playing only at certain times. We have spoken to the owner of the property on three occasions so far and are arranging to visit them to try and identify a solution. ”

“We are certainly not trying to stop the band from practising but we have to take into consideration the views of all parties,” the statement concluded.

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