Dave Grohl has long preached the importance of budding musicians picking up instruments and leaving a trail of noisy destruction and/or actual listenable material in their wake. In 2013, he memorably posted a Facebook message urging kids to “go to a yard sale and buy an old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck.” Most recently, though, the Foo Fighters frontman has taken more extreme measures to defend the wellbeing of today’s young rockers.
Grohl has come to the aid of Black Leaves of Envy, a teen metal band from Cornwall, England, that was ordered by their town council to stop practicing in their garage. The council cited noise issues, asking the band to keep their sound down to 30 or 40 decibels, which is about the equivalent of a running dishwasher (HARDLY appropriate for a rage-ready metal band, amirite?).
Because of the bogus restrictions, Black Leaves of Envy haven’t been able to practice for the past three months. So band members Cerys Plenty, 17, Dylan Plenty, 15, Adam Jones, 17, and Lewis Cunningham, 15, pulled a “Hail Mary” and wrote a letter to Grohl asking for his help. And because he’s a stand-up dude who just wants the next generation to keep garage bands alive, Grohl wrote a letter to the town council on their behalf, defending their right to rock.
"Like many musicians, I started in a garage in my neighborhood," Grohl wrote in the letter. "Together with friends, my adolescent years were made better by playing music with others. 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 further pleaded with the council to reconsider their noise restrictions, writing, “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.”
Along with posting the full letter to the Foos’ social media accounts, Grohl included an email address for the council so that fans, too, can voice their support. He also posted the link to a website where musicians can learn more about soundproofing rehearsal spaces.
The town council swiftly responded on Twitter on Wednesday, insisting they’re working to find a solution.
Here’s hoping Black Leaves of Envy get back to work soon.