Dave Grohl Pens Letter to Defend Band Practicing in Garage

By Amanda Wicks

Dave Grohl has a big heart for music, and he’s putting it to use for the English band Black Leaves of Envy.

Grohl penned a letter on the band’s behalf to the Cornwall Council, which has placed severe noise restrictions on neighborhoods, thereby making it difficult for Black Leaves of Envy to practice at home.

Related: Dave Grohl on the ‘Nirvana Aesthetic’

According to Grohl’s letter, the Council caps loudness at 40 decibels, which he describes as being equivalent to a running dishwasher.

Grohl emphasizes how important music was to him growing up, and how rehearsing in his garage helped him spend the time needed to improve. “Like many musicians, I started in a garage in my neighborhood. Together with my friends, my adolescent years were made better by playing music with others,” he wrote in the letter he shared on Instagram.

“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,” Grohl argues. At the letter’s end, he asks that the Council reconsider the noise limitations they have enacted, and increase the maximum decibels allowed in order to let Black Leaves of Envy and future bands practice at home.

In addition to sharing the letter on Instagram, Grohl included an email address in the caption so that fans can voice their support to the Council as well. He also posted a website where budding musicians can learn more about soundproofing rehearsal spaces.

Once again, Dave Grohl proves how much he rules!


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