Cornwall council respond to Dave Grohl’s appeal to overturn teen band’s noise ban

Council deny reports that they ordered band to limit volume to 30-40 decibels

Cornwall council have issued a statement after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wrote a letter asking them to overturn a noise ban on a teen band that is preventing them from practising in their garage.

Fourpiece Black Leaves Of Envy were reportedly ordered by the council to limit their volume while playing to 30-40 decibels, approximately the same sound level of a dishwasher. The council have denied this. The fourpiece wrote to the Foo Fighters’ frontman seeking his support earlier this month.

Grohl responded by asking authorities to consider dropping the restrictions. In a letter, which he also posted on Twitter, he wrote: “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.”

He continued: “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.”

Cornwall council initially responded to Grohl via Twitter, saying that they were “working to find a solution”. Now a representative of the council has issued a full statement to NME.

“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.”

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It continues: “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.

Grohl has previously urged young musicians to practice in their garages.

In 2013 he said: “Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old… drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too. And then they’ll… start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana.”