OK. "Bad" may be a bit harsh. Let me explain. This may be a long read. I've posted a couple times about this but its reached the point where I feel like I have to make a decision. I started a noise rock/punk band with a buddy of mine. We have close to 10 songs written and are currently auditioning drummers. The problem is, my GP seems like he's not really into this. He never gives any input in the songs, just saying "whatever you want, man. This is your show.". I've expressed to him that I encourage input, but nothing. So, I end up writing these songs, start to finish, with no input, and then he puts parts to them. Which leads us to issue number 2. I can never hear him. And I'm not playing too loud, he just refuses to turn up. Both drummers we tried out asked him about 5 times to turn up, but we still could never hear him. I couldn't tell you what he's playing. There's pretty much only 2 songs where he plays anything memorable. But I've heard him play with others, and he doesn't have this issue. But the music he plays with his other project is pretty different from what we're doing. Also, my bass is pretty dirty all the time. I have a Rusty Box always on, and an OD that stays on about 90% of the time, plus a couple fuzzes that I make good use of. So, we have this gnarly nasty bass, and then the most polite guitar distortion ever, courtesy of his Boss multi fx. I've asked him SO MANY TIMES to turn up, crank the distortion, and generally just play the appropriate guitar for our songs. But to no avail. So, kick him out, right? Guitarists are a dime a dozen, right? Sure, if I want to play country or nu metal. But noise rock guitarists are a rare find in my southern town. But my guitarist isn't really bringing anything to the table. I have a buddy in another band and he's always showing me demos and recordings and talking about how fun it is to write with his band mates and I'm so envious. I feel like I don't even have a guitarist sometimes. Just someone I'm obligated to play for every week. I just don't know what to do. The guy is a pretty good friend, and he has stuck with this for a couple months, but I'm not seeing any change in his playing. With a few more effects, I could probably make this a 2 piece, but I don't know about that either. And if I stop playing with him, I'm basically back to the bedroom until I lock down a drummer, which is a whole other issue in itself. Feeling pretty discouraged right now. Any advice from you veterans out there?