To learn more about @blackleavesofenvy and how you can help the Cornwall campaign to provide all young musicians with a communal practice space, please contact Mr. Plenty at [email protected] To learn more about how to sound proof YOUR practice space, we've put together some info for you here: http://foofighters.com/soundproofing
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First, a little backstory: Cornwall teen heavy-metal band Black Leaves of Envy were (allegedly) told by their local council to cut the garage rehearsals due to the noise levels. In response, the band then wrote to Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl for support.
Fast-forward to about a month later (now): Grohl responded by writing a letter to the council, stressing the importance of music as a creative outlet for teens, along with other positive reinforcements like skill building and creating new relationships. You can read that letter above, via Foo Fighters’ Instagram page.
Cornwall council have since written a response, stating that they were “working to find a solution”…they also denied telling the band that they can’t rehearse:
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.
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