[Warning: This is basically another "should I quit the band" thread.] Last autumn, an old friend enlisted me to play with a group he was forming with some other folks. I had only been playing infrequent sub gigs, so this was a welcome change. It was thrilling to play with other musicians regularly and to perform with them around town. Right now, however, things are clearly going south. I have an extensive background in academic jazz, I can easily sight read charts, I've spent nearly two decades honing my theory chops, I've gigged extensively, and I can fill in on a dime (three hours to show time? I'll do it!). And, when I'm not navigating a Eb dorian walking line over a Miles tune, I listen mostly to "dark" music (early Goth music, some of the better Sabbath-clones, eerie prog, and their ilk). Each of these factors is in stark contrast to my bandmates (they can't read, rarely practice alone, and are obsessed with jam bands), but I can look past this. However, there's one thing I cannot: their absurd lack of professionalism. I do my homework. I show up to gigs early so that our setup/breakdown will be seamless. I regularly chart and learn the songs by myself, woodshed difficult parts before rehearsal, and listen to my bandmates to adjust to their solos and changes. Most importantly, I have a sense of holistic awareness. At our last gig, the audience was leaving the floor in clear disinterest, but no one noticed. I tried to pull the solo section back to the theme, but the rhythm guitarist was jumping around madly to his sustained open chords and the lead guitarist was lost in his own world (he noted, verbatim, "I wasn't ready to finish!"). It felt like the straw that broke the camel's back. I brought this up, but they dismissed me as being arrogant. They became incensed when I condemned their amateurishness, simply saying "you clearly have more experience than we do!" I can deal with the fact that they do not have the same experience I have, but I simply can't get past their unwillingness to work as a unit. If we can't work with the audience because you haven't finished your solo, we are doomed. All in all, it's a good hang (they're solid people), but the music is too directionless, and there is zero profit. They do not worry about honing their craft because they are guaranteed gigs through local connections (half of them work with a few local bands as sound people/roadies). It's becoming a scene that celebrates itself and nothing else. I already have one foot out the door. Is it time to for the other to follow?