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As one of rock and roll’s most prominent and vocal proponents, Dave Grohl has long espoused the joy and value of young musicians playing loud and poorly. In 2013, he wrote a Facebook post urging kids to “go to a yard sale and buy and old fucking drum set and get in their garage and just suck.” Recently, Foo Fighters’ frontman has again put fingers to keys in defense of budding musicians, only this time it’s more direct.
Grohl has written a letter to the council of Cornwall, England on behalf of teenaged metal band Black Leaves of Envy. The group of 17- and 15-year-olds reportedly (via The Plymouth Harold) reached out to Grohl asking for his help when the council shut down their garage practices over noise issues. Because the council restricts noise to a maximum of 30 to 40 decibels (or, as Grohl puts it, “approximately the level of a dishwasher at 15 meters distance”), Black Leaves of Envy haven’t been able to practice their craft for three months.
“For musicians that lack the resources to rehearse in professional facilities,” Grohl wrote, “a garage or basement is the only place they have to develop their talent and passion. I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song. The preservation of such is paramount to the future of art and music.”
According to the Harold, there is currently a campaign to have Cornwall provide a communal practice space, which Grohl also supports in his statement. Foo Fighters have also posted a letter on their website addressed directly to Black Leaves of Envy, describing the ways in which they can better soundproof their garage space. Read the entire message below, and find the soundproofing tips here.