A band I heard the other night just begged the question, "Can a band leave the garage too soon?" Here's some background. A popular open air bar frequented by bikers and other folks mostly over forty, I'd say, has live music several nights a week. The bar is near a deli where my hubby and I dine often, so we get to hear the bands out on the street just by walking by slowly. Usually these bands are, oh, say Eagles, Skynard, Allman's, Black Crowes, etc in orientation and style...not level, but they get high marks for effort. And the bar patrons enjoy them. A few nights back we were surpised to hear a blast coming from the bar...not Eagles...but the lamest, most horrific Deftones imitation one can possibly imagine. The singer was wailing away out of tune and out of time on "Seven Words." His guitar mastery would put him at maybe a month, I'd say. I could hear no bass at all. The drummer was mediocre at best...all over the place in his timing a substituting ham-fisted hard pounding for real chops. Some one in the bar shouted, "Hey, play your best song" to which the singer retorted sincerely, "We have played our best song." It would have been comical, but it was so pathetic. Then I wondered: A: Why did a nu-metal band accept a gig in a Southern rock bar? B. Should they have waited another (year) to play a gig? I mean should they have perfected their craft first or was it the right thing to go right out and get a taste of live performance as a motivation to try harder and work longer or what? When I played in bands, I believed we should not embarrass ourselves with sloppy performances when we debuted, but maybe such a perfectionist attitude was too strict. Maybe it is better for a band to "get its feet wet" early and get its name out in public. Trouble is I was afraid playing badly would damage our band's image before we even got started. Where do you folks stand on this?