OK, this should be fun, I know I'm about to throw a big stink bomb but I seriously don't understand the allure of playing originals. First, I associate it with my High School days where any idiot who couldn't learn to cover a song to save his life starts making up his own crappy music and for some reason people think he's suddenly a better player? Seriously, there is already a mountain of horriable songs written by people without a clue how music is structured. Do we really need to fill the stage with more guys trying to find closure with there girlfriends by pouring there hearts out in a song about, well, nothing if you are not them. And they never seem to give it a dancable beat. Trying to put everything you ever learned into a song before you ever learned to properly play or write a song is just a recipe for disaster. So what is it that makes people think "originals Band" really means anything other than "Band of guys who can't play standard radio tunes" The only thing you can really say about all of the same old same old originals is that they are never really very original at all. Same simple chord progressions in the same time signature with someone singing about stuff we just don't care about over the same standard riffs that never seem to end up in any of the cover tunes at the top of the charts. When I see "originals" in a CL ad, the first thing I think is it's a band of teenagers still daydreaming about being rockstars during math class, I do not see it as a sign of a serious musician. Pretending you can write music when you can barely understand music is like trying to write a great novel in a launguage you can't speak. So, let's let the fun begin! -eSmith.