So we've been "getting this band together" for a couple months now. Jammed a couple times, it felt good - so we started talking about song choices, etc. This is a trio: me (bass/backing vox), guitar/lead vox and drums. We're playing mostly what I would call alt.country/roots/power pop - all covers, but deliberately avoiding what we see as overused ones (obviously we're not in it for the $$ - just fun). The last few rehearsals had been frustrating. The drummer's volume was overpowering us, and we couldn't hear well enough to harmonize and work together (even with vocals through PA). It was leading to some tensions that were making me question if it was even going to work out. I mean, I don't have time for drama - this is a "hobby". But then the drummer decided to try some things, and a couple nights ago, he put foam padding around the drums. It made a HUGE difference - he can now hit hard (which he does), and we can get a nice balance. So rehearsal Tuesday night: we added a new tune that we hadn't even tried yet: Uncle Tupelo's "Gun". (Anyone? Can I get a "hell yeah"?) It went GREAT - and so did the rest of the rehearsal. Immediately we all felt better about the whole thing, and now it feels like we can make progress. Maybe be ready to gig in a couple months. Sorry for the long story that's probably only really interesting to me. But I needed to....uh, do whatever the opposite of venting is. Side note: anyone else playing that kind of music?