Dave Grohl – we know you’re sick of hearing about him. Or maybe you’re just sick of hearing the Foo Fighters, and we can’t blame you. But while he’s only tangentially metal, he keeps himself in the conversation (and on our site), by doing things that are cool. Like writing a town council a letter of support for a tiny unsigned teen metal band. We’ve never heard Black Leaves of Envy, and and there’s a pretty good chance that we’ll never write about them again after this. But after the town of Cornwall, England told them to keep their noise levels down to 30 to 40 decibels when rehearsing, the band, who range in age from 15 to 17, the father of two of the band members wrote Grohl and asked him for a letter of support. And just yesterday, Grohl responded, writing the council a letter asking them to reconsider.
It’s a genius move for several reasons. First of all, if Cornwall doesn’t reconsider and raise the decibel level (which Grohl says is “the level of a dishwasher at 15 meters distance”), then they look like jerks. Grohl, of course, comes out looking great regardless, and he also helped put Black Leaves of Envy in an international spotlight. Now if they go on to anything more than a footnote, Grohl can basically say he discovered them and helped bring them to the spotlight. We’ve listened to the band, and they sound young, but there’s perhaps some potential there – potential they’ll be able to realize if they can rehearse louder. And what’s even cooler is that the band wrote an open letter to Black Leaves of Envy on their website on how to soundproof. At least Dave Grohl cares about the children.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 23, 2016