One of our readers seems to have a little problem with his musically inclined neighbors:
I live in a house on a purely residential block in the Mission. Like most of the homes in the neighborhood, we have a zero lot line with the neighbors (ie our exterior walls touch). My neighbor is in a band, and they regularly practice at the house on weeknights until after 11pm. Occasionally they will play past midnight. The sound travels quite clearly into my bedroom.
The music, incidentally, is pretty good. The problem is that I have a job that requires me to wake up before 6am. For me, this means I need to get to sleep around 10pm.
Over the course of 8-10 months, I have repeatedly reached out and asked them to music on the weekdays to 10pm. The response is generally friendly, but the next day I need to ask again, and again and again. They clearly don’t care at all.
I certainly realize that I live in a dynamic neighborhood, but it just doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect band practice to stop by 10pm on a weeknight in a purely residential neighborhood.
Am I out of line? If not, any suggestions on remedies. I would like to salvage the relationship, but am out of ideas.
My take on the situation? This is bullshit. These jerks need to get a practice space and play their music there. That’s what bands do in a city where everyone lives in apartments. If you don’t, you’re a selfish douchebag.
Note: I am NOT referring to the amazing Dennis Richmond rooftop band that occasionally plays above the Attic. Those guys are rad and have their own practice space at Secret Studios.