A teenage metal band called Black Leaves of Envy who practice in a family garage in Cornwall, England have been asked to turn down the volume. Specifically, the Cornwall Council asked them to take the levels down to 30-40 decibels, and the band reportedly stopped practicing because it would be unfeasible to do so so quietly. So, the band wrote to Dave Grohl, asking for support, and the Foo Fighters frontman came through.
Grohl addressed the Cornwall Council in an open letter posted on the Foo’s official site, saying that “the band is having difficulty functioning within the current noise restrictions placed upon them.”
“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,” he continued.
“I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song,” he wrote. “The preservation of such is paramount to the future of art and music. Without them, where would we be?”
“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,” he concluded. “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.”