UK Town Council Responds to Dave Grohl’s Letter in Support of Local Band

ABC/Adam TaylorThe Cornwall Town Council has responded to Dave Grohl's open letter in support of Black Leaves of Envy, a teenage metal band that lives in the English town and practices in their garage. The band claimed the Council told them to keep their noise level between 30-40 decibels, which, according to WebMD, is the equivalent of "average home noise," and less loud than normal conversation.

In a statement to NME, the Cornwall Council says they are "currently investigating the complaint and we are working with everyone involved to offer advice and try and find a solution." The statement also says that the Council did not set a specific decibel limit.

"The Council is legally required to investigate once it has received a complaint about noise," the statement reads. "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."

In Grohl's letter to the Cornwall Council, the Foo Fighters frontman wrote about the importance of children playing music, and urged the Council to lift the volume restrictions placed on Black Leaves of Envy's "private rehearsal space."

"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," Grohl wrote.

In its statement, the Cornwall Council writes, "We are certainly not trying to stop the band from [practicing] but we have to take into consideration the views of all parties."

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