Okay, this is the second time this has happened to me so I thought I'd see what y'all thought: I've been looking to get into a new band so I answered some ads in the local music magazine. Typically what would happen is we would talk or e-mail and, after the person heard enough of my credentials to understand that I actually know what a bass is, they would send me some recordings of their music. I've gotten recordings from four different bands and, of these recordings, one band stood out as having the strongest material... but here's the catch: I like their music, but I don't like what they're bass player is doing. Not that he sucks, it's just he doesn't seem to know how to groove and lock in with the drums. So here's the question: Given that I don't know anything about the band, how should I approach this audition? Should I learn the songs verbatim or should I make my own interpretations on how I feel the bass parts should go... or maybe a mixture of the two? I know that typically a band is going to want to here some personal interpretations so they can get an idea what kind of a bass player you are but is there such thing as too much interpretation? Because, if I could, I would probably totally revamp some of these bass lines.