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The ShortListen: Black Leaves of Envy (no. 280)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? Black Leaves of Envy

What’s the story? So Dave Grohl has hit the headlines for responding to teenage metal band Black Leaves of Envy's plea for help to overturn a local council noise control order, which stopped the band rehearsing for three months. As well as being a massive help for the band to getting rocking again, it's also provided them with a whole load of new listeners intrigued by the story. And that includes us - we'll listen to new music wherever we can get it, so why not listen to these guys?

Pleasingly, on the evidence of this track, the band (which comprises two 15-year-olds and two 17-year-olds) can really play. In fact, it's wonderfully refreshing to hear a band rough around the edges, but with some mighty riffs, a good sense of melody and a nice, taut song structure. There's elements of Placebo, Metallica, Machine Head and Royal Blood all in there - all showing they've clearly had a solid musical education. Who knows, perhaps, as Grohl said, in a few years' time they might suddenly become the new Nirvana - and if not them, then hopefully another group of friends currently making an unholy racket in a garage, out there somewhere, free from noise limitations and interference. Rock on guys.

For fans of: Machine Head, Royal Blood, Placebo

In three words: (the) kids are alright

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Dave Fawbert

ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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