I’ve been having this debate with my bandmates for a while, and I just read a thread below that made me think to ask all my fellow TB’ers what you think. I play in an all original Black Sabbath, Mastadon esque three piece out of Austin. We are pretty good, and usually get a pretty great crowd response. We are trying to “make it”, and by that I mean we are trying to get to the point where we are playing packed venues. To do that, in Austin at least, you have to catch the attention of the right promoters, and I’ve noticed most of the bands they book seem to have it all together- good stage show, lots of merch for sale, all dress like hipsters or tatted rockers, etc. I have two questions: 1. When you see a band and they have a lot of dead space between songs and then they are looking at each other asking which song to play next, does it lessen your opinion of them, even if you like the music? No matter how much we practice or if we print sets out, it seems almost impossible to get my guitarist or drummer to grasp the concept of set fluidity. We can be forgetful, and our guitarist seems to have to tune at least every two songs. He even had one of the Gibson futures where you push a button on the headstock to tune, but he just got an explorer, so it’s back to his tu-2 for now. He also says that if I or the drummer play while he’s tuning it, then his tuner won’t work. Even tuning aside, our drummer has to make sure everyone turns around and says “ready” before he will count in a song. It frustrates the crap out of me because set flow is a pretty simple concept, and we seem to just not get it. I just wonder if this small flaw makes us look unprofessional to the right people. 2. Our singer is the only guy that really “looks the part.” He has long hair, a giant beard and tattoos. He and I are both fatter dudes, not obese, but we definitely aren’t skinny. In a clique town like Austin I worry that we don’t look grungy or rock star enough. Our drummer spikes his hair with gel and has one of those stripe neck beards that looks super lame. I’m just wondering if our image is hurting us. If anyone wants to see or hear us for reference, www.reverbnation.com/lonestardemons Thanks for the feedback!