So I hate threads like this, but I find myself needing some guidance. My old band played their last show roughly to this date last year. I was so sick of this bands issues that I just kind of bowed out. The guitar player had a baby and we figured it was a good time to take a break. The guitar player was passive aggressive and the drummer was kind of tired all the time and we were kind of burnt out after 3 years. The guitar player was a good Dylan style songwriter, but his soloing wasn't that great. Jam-band esque. So... I have taken some rest and I am trying to get into a new band. Band 1 A rap-rock outfit. Rapper, tatted up guitar player, and drummer. These guys are starting out and have a lot of potential . Their song's have good substance but need work. I don't know them at all, but they want me to join. I would want to do a lot of writing for them as well as polish their songs to a more Rage Against the Machine sound. I don't know how well that will be received. As I said, these guys are strangers at this point. This music is very marketable where I live in Jacksonville. Band 2 This is the band I would REALLY like to happen. We wrote some songs from August - December then with the holiday's and the drummer breaking his hand Jan and Feb was null. I talked to the guitar player who is a great friend of mine on St. Patricks day and he said he wanted to use the drummer from his old band. I said cool. Set it up and I will be there. I waited a week and contacted him twice in two weeks about it. The drummer is really good but kind of a flake. The old drummer that we played with Aug-Dec is really really good, but there is a bond between the guitar player and the new drummer. The guitar player's excuse is he is really busy at work. Which mean's he wants to come home and drink beer instead of working on music. We wrote about 5 amazing song's in the couple months. Sounds like Avail / Hot Water Music. Band 3. Funk Band covers and originals. Recruited two jazz musicians who are really much better players than I am, which I am excited about. A sax player and a drummer. The problem in this band is it is the guitar player from my old band of 3 years. I love him out of the band setting, but in the band setting he drives me nuts sometimes. He's a caller. He calls to talk about something band related every single day. He agreed that he would take a back seat to soloing and let the horns run the show. I was specific in saying. I don't want to get into the old habits. No 12 bar blues. No Sitting on the Dock of the bay type stuff. We agreed to learn Chameleon, Chalkdust Torture, and Get on the Good Foot. We practiced last week and he knew non of the songs which frustrated me because I spent two hours a day for a week and a half learning every run in Chameleon and Chalkdust Torture which are complicated songs. So we played song's from our old band so the drummer could play along. So..... first off thanks for reading. Which should I choose. They all have negatives and positives.