Well, I hope this is the right place to put up this topic. I'm new here, and rather new to the bass as well (hello!). I play in a three-piece band with a guitarist and a drummer, and somehow I got delegated to vocals as well. The three of us are ex-colleagues (we've all left our old job) and the drummer and I are both relative beginners to our craft. However, we have a wicked guitarist who is willing to put all into the band, but even though he sounds good, somehow I personally feel that the two of us are holding him back with our mediocrity. We have discussed this issue with him before but he says that it's fine as long as we practice. So far we've managed to write 3 songs, somehow, although our demos are of really crappy quality. The guitarist wants to quickly record them in a proper studio, along with another song, so we can release an EP. I still feel that our sound is not polished enough, though. So my question is, how do you know and when can you tell when you're ready to release your music to the public?