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English Town Council Responds To Grohl’s Letter About Teen Metal Band

The Cornwall town council in England has responded to Dave Grohl's message urging it to overturn a local noise ordinance that's preventing a teen band called Black Leaves Of Envy from rehearsing in a garage.

The council has denied reports that it prevents noise of louder than 40 decibels -- about the sound level of a standard dishwasher. The group had contacted the Foo Fighters leader to ask for help with the issue, and Grohl sent a note to the council saying that, "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. 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."

The council has issued a full statement on the matter, saying that, its "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 practicing but we have to take into consideration the views of all parties."


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.