Sparta beware! haha But seriously this "democracy" thing is new to me and it works awesomely. All the other bands I've been in have been more-or-less just a BL calling the shots ...and it works until problems arise and then problems get solved all in the eyes of the BL with some guidance from us advisers. Usually I'm just along for the ride in these types of bands and I don't normally have enough say to always convince the others or the BL. As always, issues arise in any band regardless of how friendly or professional the members are, but it seems they can really be handled by the better of leaders most effectively. I can say that with my jam/progressive/psychedelic band back home we are all leaders in the band. We are the ones doing the conquering, if you will. I've got some positives to mention with this format of a band: -I've come up with some really cool riffs and or chord structures and think they are totally perfect and then my bandmates put their input in and things just become 200X better! What a feeling! -We've gotten further in 5 months of self promotion then 2 years with paid promotion in my other band (I think it has to do with our attitude to the business and, more importantly, our relation to it). -I seriously am so excited to hear our EP when we have it produced. I get scared listening to how we are like all on the same line of the same page, all reading at the same pace. -We get so proud (and thankful) when we realize how great we jive compared to other local bands who don't seem to have that general "chemistry" going for them (nothing against the others, but something more is there for us). -Everyone is a multi-instrumentalist ...and wow, conveying ideas between everyone is a breeze, which cannot be said for the bands with the non-self-aware. I always get that feeling that everyone else is just making some nice noise while we are making an idea, a picture ...maybe even head bobbing music Any other democratic Greek city-states out there?