In another proof that he's a true hero on and off stage, Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl came to the rescue of a young teen metal band, Black Leaves of Envy, who were caught in a noise row in Cornwall.
In a surprising and unexpected move, Dave Grohl lept to the support of teenage metal band Black Leaves of Envy, who were told to stop practicing in a family garage after noise complaints. The young band were told, by the Cornwall Council, to limit the noise levels in their garage to just 30-40 decibels, which is little more than the sound of leaves rustling or of a fridge! In other words - the order meant it'd be impossible for the band to continue using their practice space.
However, after being contacted by the band, Foo Fighters' main man Dave Grohl penned a letter to the council, showing his support for the band, and also highlighted the importance of soundproofing and acoustic treatment in rehearsal spaces.
"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. 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. Without them, where would we be?"
"For the sake of your local band Black Leaves Of Envy, and for the generations of young musicians that they may eventually inspire, I ask that you reconsider the restrictions put upon 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 a place that encourages children to follow their dreams in a world where anything is possible."
Right on, Mr. Grohl! The original letter can be read in full, here:
PMT helps Black Leaves of Envy, too!
Of course, Grohl's reaction has helped to raise awareness to the teenagers' cause, and PMT House Of Rock is happy to say we've already contacted Black Leaves of Envy, to help them to sort out better acoustic treatment for their garage. After all, these kids have been putting their practice space to good use, it seems, so it's great to be able to help!
Our Auralex product expert Paulo is currently in touch with the band to sort out the best gear suitable for their needs.
Choosing the Best Acoustic Treatment For Your Rehearsal Space
Of course each case is different, but there is some basic gear that's pretty much essential for helping tackling noise issues in any practice space:
- Auralex GRAMMA - for guitar amps and bass
- Auralex Desk Max - to put in front of amps in order to further improve acoustics in the room
- Auralex HoverMat - for drums
- Auralex MudGuard - for vocal mics
- Auralex Platfeet or Aural Xpanders - for mic stands
Two of the most common garage sizes in the UK are 8' x 16' x 8' and 9' x 18' x 8'. In the first case, an Auralex Project 2 (possibly with a few TFusors) would be fine, and in the latter, an Auralex Deluxe Plus Roominator Kit would be recommended.
Any other sizes, of course, we can spec out. We can also offer a CAD drawing of the room to explain exactly where to place the panels:
If you're in a band too, and in need of acoustic treatment advice, please call our experts on 0151 448 2089 for YOUR perfect acoustic solution!
Find Out More:
- Foo Fighters Soundprooding & Soundtreatment Guide
- Black Leaves of Envy Facebook Page
- Buy Acoustic Treatment Gear at PMT Online