Bear with me, this is a long one. I could definitely use some insight though, I'd really appreciate it guys. I apologize for the long thread, but if you have any experience... please? So, I've been (more or less) a founding member of the band I was in until recently. We've been in and out of studios since last November and talking to labels since and we're even negotiating with some now. Thing is, because we're unsigned, we had to pay for the time ourselves. Not a big deal for us, but at the same time, my mother was hospitalized around the same time, leaving me with all the financial burden of paying the bills at the house and her medicine, etc. I was still in high school at the time (senior) and I sat down and explained to everyone that I couldn't afford that because I had $1,200 worth of bills a month to pay. I mean, I literally had to work my ass off just to keep the water running and pay the power bill, not to mention that we practiced at my house. Well, we went back into the studio in may and I had just gotten back on my feet and moved out (my mother had recovered by then). I got a text message from our vocalist saying "hey dude, it's not fair that you aren't throwing in with finance, etc etc" and I agreed and promised to start helping out a lot more, especially now that I could afford to. Well we just had to pay some money for a promotional deal (video, pictures etc) and I had my share of the money but they told me to hold onto it because of plans later that day and it'd just be safer to handle it when we could go to the bank and not worry about it getting lost or stolen. Well, here's the fun part. I was at a friend's house about 30 minutes away when I got a text, of all things, from the vocalist basically saying "Hey, sorry but for the past 5 months you haven't been contributing, etc etc it's not fair to the band to have a member who isn't helping out with money, etc etc, sorry but we're going to have to part ways." Of course, immediately I started calling everyone and one of the guitar players answered and we talked, he said he wasn't really wanting to kick me out, especially for that, and certainly not over text. I ended up talking to the other guitar player and he was saying "Hey man, you just need to try other things in life, etc". I gave my rebuttal and he said it was essentially the vocalist saying he couldn't be in the band with me, tour with me, all of that... even though I was the one that brought him in and we had been good friends, to the best of my knowledge, the whole time. Now I'm confused though. Apparently the vocalist was the only one that wanted to kick me out, then one guitar player jumped on board to keep him, and the other two (drummer and guitarist) weren't so sure. The guitar player that was sticking up for me is trying to organize a sit down and even talked to the vocalist, who said for lack of better words, that he felt like "poop" about it. My biggest question, though, is what the hell should I make of this? I'm not dead weight, I know for a fact. I help the drummer tune his kit (I've got a knack for it), I help the guitarists set their guitars up, help them with their amps, when it comes time for a retube or whatever, I'm usually the one doing it, I help write a HUGE majority of the music, and I can play my parts no problem. I just don't get it and I can't figure out if the vocalist is just really upset about something or what. The biggest thing for me is that, financially, I've never held the band back. We've never had to miss an opportunity and I even have money to contribute now. It's just... none of this makes sense and it's like I've been betrayed by 4 of my best friends. I mean if it was just a local gig, I'd move on, but this is something I could make a living off of that I've worked so hard and is just taken from me. Any advice guys? I really appreciate it.