Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has backed a campaign to overturn a council ban on a teenage heavy metal band practising in their garage – by writing to a Cornish council.
Black Leaves of Envy were ordered to quieten down to just 30 – 40 decibels – little more than the humming of a fridge or trickle of a stream.
Cerys Plenty, 17, her brother Dylan, 15, and pals Adam Jones, 17, and Lewis Cunningham, 15, were said to be making too much noise in the Plenty’s family garage.
But the group says they have just one immediate neighbour in Praa Sands, Cornwall, who hasn’t complained and the next nearest live a field away.
The former Nirvana drummer has previously urged aspiring musicians to get out in their garages to encourage grassroots music.
And now the rock star has written to Cornwall Council urging it to reverse its decision.
Writing on the official Foo Fighters Facebook page, he sent their 12,006,390 followers a copy of the letter he sent Cornwall Council.
He wrote passionately: “For the sake of your local band Black Leaves of Envy, and for the generations of young musicians they may eventually inspire, I ask that you reconsider the restrictions put on the volume of their 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 encourages children to follow their dreams in a world where anything is possible.”
Dad Andrew Plenty, 43, said it was impossible for his kids’ band to keep the noise to below the level suggested by Cornwall Council, and originally wrote to Dave Grohl.
He said: “We’re quite frustrated by the whole thing. I would suggest, if they were playing jazz in the garage, it would not be a problem.
“We only have one immediate neighbour and they have not complained. The other houses are a farmer’s field away.
“They used to practise no more than one or two hours a week and it was always in the afternoons, not at antisocial hours.
“For the last three months, they’ve not been able to practise at all.”
Andrew, a Navy officer and lead singer in rock band Bobby’s Helmet, added: “We’re looking into youth funding and there are a number of musicians who have come forward to help with our campaign.
“I am trying to form a committee at the moment. It’s just now getting everyone round the table and looking for some suitable premises.
“There’s a quote from Dave Grohl saying kids should get into their garages and start practising if they would like to be the new Nirvana.
“We’ve sent off a letter to Mr Grohl asking for his endorsement with our campaign.”
In 2013 Grohl said: “Musicians should go to a yard sale and buy and old… drum set and get in their garage and just suck. And get their friends to come in and they’ll suck, too.
“And then they’ll…start playing and they’ll have the best time they’ve ever had in their lives and then all of a sudden they’ll become Nirvana.
“Because that’s exactly what happened with Nirvana.”
Cornwall Council said its community protection team was investigating the matter.
A spokesman said: “We are always willing to offer advice regarding noise control.
“The law regarding statutory nuisance is based on what is reasonable but it may be that certain activities are not appropriate for the area in which they occur, or that restrictions or compromises can be agreed.
“We will continue to work with all parties involved in order to try to informally resolve any issues.”