A brief band history: I live in a fairly large college town, so there are plenty of venues with plenty of competition. My band consisted of 2 guitarists, drummer, singer, keyboardist, singer/keyboardist, and me. After about two months of practicing and jelling, we successfully played a birthday party. Then another month of practicing toward a possible event, when the guitarists lower the boom: let's go to Knoxville over a weekend and record a demo so we can start trying to get gigs (and oh, by the way, we want you to chip in toward PA equipment too). If you can't do either of those two things, we're moving on without you. Now, let me say that, musically, we had good chemistry so it wasn't an issue of being able to play the songs we agreed on (although our inability to decide on songs could be a factor). The singer and I bowed out due to our inability to commit to either of the make-or-break propositions. I should mention here that, since my exodus, I haven't heard from any of my former bandmates so I don't know if they are still pursuing their plan. Finally, my question: which seems to be a better strategy: record a demo and use it to "audition" for gigs, or play enough gigs to raise the money to record a good demo?