Is It Legal To Play Drums In The Middle Of The Night?

DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Although the exact time varies from city to city, in most places in the US, it would indeed be illegal to make excessive noise after 10pm.
 

DFL

Member
If I were your neighbor I would have called the cops first. Seriously, you think you can just blast doublebass to screamo all night? Are you aware that some people have this thing called gainful employment. Also sidenote: Human beings are generally diurnal, meaning they sleep at night. Apparently, you have not observed these facts in your life leading up to this so now you know.
 

Fuo

Platinum Member
The specific laws will change state-to-state, country-to-country, etc... But common courtesy is pretty universal. Don't be a dick. Especially if your neighbors are already complaining when you play at reasonable hours (which you kinda alluded to). That's just asking for problems.
 

Muckster

Platinum Member
If there are no noise ordinances (like in my town) a good general rule of thumb is to stop at 10pm on weeknights and midnight on Friday and saturday night. But remember, enough neighbor complaints will get you a visit from the police and a nuisance summons. Talk to your neighbors and explain what you want to do. But don't think for a minute you have the right to make as much noise as you want.
 
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BigSteve

Guest
Really??? 2:30AM, I'm friendly with all of my surrounding neighbors but they woudn't put up with that, nor would I even consider it. LOL My wife would kill me before the cops even got wind of it!
 

Duckenheimer

Senior Member
Well, the idea of anybody liking The Hollywood Undead is fairly minuscule but sometimes people really are that stupid.

My fragile wishful thinking is not looking good.

I always thought it kinda funny that the worst offenders against the law and other people so often feel persecuted by ordinary inoffensive folk; who are usually just trying to stay out of the way and avoid trouble.
 

Lavistyksia

Junior Member
Anyone tried playing with the Lidwish Ultra-Tones at 2:30 AM? Just wondering, mine will be arriving shortly. I wonder if it'll make my Rhythm Traveler's mesh heads useless.....
 

HipshotPercussion

Senior Member
Until recently I lived on a ranch where the closest neighbor was half a mile away as the crow flies, and even there I never played after 10 PM because the sound of drums carries like gunshots in the woods.

That neighbor would've heard and come after me with her trusty 22. (Good thing she didn't have anything bigger.)

Now I'm in town and the 10 am to 10 pm schedule my parents imposed on me when I first started playing a zillion years ago remains in effect here too. A little courtesy is easy enough to display, and having neighbors who look at you kindly sure can't hurt.

Sorry, HUdrummer, but I'm hoping this thread is a prank. If you lived next door to me the police would be the least of your concerns.
 

HUdrummer

Senior Member
Ok, thanks everyone. I will be sure not to drum after 10pm. I was just wanting to know if there actually was a law against drums in the middle of the night. I didn't think about noise laws. I guess from now on if I decide to play after ten ill just use my electric kit...
 

Pollyanna

Platinum Member
Ok, thanks everyone. I will be sure not to drum after 10pm. I was just wanting to know if there actually was a law against drums in the middle of the night. I didn't think about noise laws. I guess from now on if I decide to play after ten ill just use my electric kit...

The law is not the issue. Forget the law - as they say, the law is an ass. You shouldn't need a law to tell you to do the right thing. It's all about empathy.

Your wish to drum cuts across people's need to sleep, and getting a good night's sleep is one of the most important factors behind both physical and mental health. What you've been doing is hurting the people around you.
 

Nodiggie

Gold Member
Although the exact time varies from city to city, in most places in the US, it would indeed be illegal to make excessive noise after 10pm.

Not around these parts of Cali. It doesn't matter what time of day it is. If a neighbor calls and complains you are "exceeding" the noise level, 5-0 can shut you down at high noon. UNLESS you have a permit, which ofcourse costs you a few bucks.

O.P.

Enjoy your E-kit, nice that you have one to play. Your neighbors sure will appreciate them too.
 

sjczildjian

Senior Member
To be fair, I would hate you for drumming at half 2 in the morning. I usually keep within 10am-8pm. As far as I'm aware there is no law against it, but have a little respect please.

+1 - Work with your neighbours. If you tell them that you will be playing your drums between certain times, they will respect you a lot more. We got a few noise complaints because our band practices in the house at full volume, but after we went round to each of them and explained what we will be doing, when and what times... No more noise complaints... Except the old biddy 3 doors down... but whatever. Can't please everyone.

In Australia, the cops can't do anything till after 10pm on a week night (Mon-Thu) and midnight at the weekend. But because we want our situation to work, we agreed to stop practice at 9pm on a Wednesday and 10pm on Friday.

Don't p*ss them off dude, because they will just keep calling the cops...
 

Devils Haircut

Senior Member
First of all, playing Hollywood Undead tunes at ANY time of day is offensive. And second of all, if you already own an electric kit, than what are you thinking? Seriously?

I agree with you though... Those inconsiderate neighbors are always looking for a reason to bother poor old you.
 
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