Hi guys. So, I've been in this band about a year now. Here is the backstory as quick as possible, names have been abbreviated: - Original band formation was simply LL and DZ: LL on vocals, DZ on guitars, about 3 years ago. - Added RF on drums (whenever) to make it a "band". DZ and a couple random other dudes played bass on demo recordings. - Eventually added JR on guitar; DZ switched to bass until... - *I* came along and joined on bass, like I said about a year ago. JR and DZ now on guitars, band becomes a five-piece. This past summer, DZ moves a thousand miles away. Now we're a 4 piece. We record an entire album as a 4-piece, which is currently in post-production. DILEMMA TIME LL (singer) then just decides we *have to* have a 2nd guitar again. I personally think we sounded great as a 4-piece because everyone could be heard, with 2 guitars everything was always muddy. JR on current guitar is kind of apathetic because this fall he's moving away himself and we'd eventually need to replace him anyway, but he at least agrees we sound fine. - I bring this up to LL: I am told, verbatim, "suggestion noted, and ignored." That stings. - Not only that, but LL just flat out hires the 2nd guy to audition, after (rather, AT) his 2nd audition. I think the guy's alright and he knows how to play, but I don't think he writes/plays in really our style. Doesn't matter, not up for debate. I could have hated his guts cause he banged my girlfriend in high school, I get the sense it wouldn't have mattered. So, this is the first time that our singer has done anything like that, he's usually very democratic and "what do you guys think would work here?". But between this thing, and one detail on one of the songs we recorded in the studio (that I think sounds so bad I don't want my name associated with it) that we've argued about, this is a side I never thought I'd see. I added the backstory above to illustrate that LL is the only "founding member" still in the band, really, and thus I admit he has a right to flex his own creative direction ideas *a little bit*... I guess I'm curious as to what to say to somebody who's doing that. I stuck with this band after easily a dozen other disappointments because I liked the guys and the energy - the music isn't groundbreaking but it's fun and rocks a fair bit. I have tried diplomacy, I have tried vehemence. I don't want to lose a friend (LL and I knew each other many moons ago through mutual friends but hadnt worked together) but I dont want to end up in a band that departs heavily from what I've put into it, just on someone else's whim. Any idears?