I've been playing with my band for about a year and a half now. We play all original rock/grunge/punk kind of stuff. We played one 20 minute set for a fund raiser back in November and haven't booked a gig since. Mainly because we suck and can't seem to get focused at rehearsals. Tonight I went up to listen to my neighbor's cover band and they freaking cooked! Of course, they're covering all the old classic rock standards and sound like most other cover bands around here but everything they played was tight. If you closed your eyes, you would honestly think you were listening to a CD. I left there very impressed with what was happening in that garage. I'm honestly jealous of what he has going on. I would rather have hot needles stuck in my eyes than play in another classic covers band but damn.... They made us sound like sad little wannabes. I often wonder why I put up with the guys in my band and tonight I'm really wondering. I think right now, I'm sticking it out solely because there are no better options around here for a fat & 40 bass player who wants to play original music. Plus I've invested a lot of time and money to try and make this thing work. I really don't want to see it go down the toilet. I just don't understand why some guys can just fall into a band and they're out rocking within 3 or 4 months when we're sitting here a year and a half later still trying to put together a half decent set list.