So last year we fired our drummer. He was an older guy (we are all over 30) and he was having trouble making rehearsal and his playing was really boring, solid but unispired. So we hired this kid who had been helping our guitarist with his luthier business. He loved our music and knew all our songs and had good energy. It's been a year now, a summer of gigging and we want to record another album, but the drummer can't get his act together and just play the beats. He's all Keith Moon on us and when I listen to recording of practice I'm like, hey where's the two and the four? Basically he plays drums like a guitarist with every little accent, but he drops the groove. I'm SO frustrated and know that we'll never get into the studio cuz we know we'll waste time waiting for him to get his crap together. How do I tell him to straighten up? He's like a son to our guitarist so it's not like we can just replace him willy nilly. and i don't know if the guitarist is willing to have "the talk" with him. I went back and listened to a performance with our other drummer and yes, it was boring but damn it was tight - like a friggin' Alesis.