This is probably a popular problem. We've had a band for pretty much a year now. Our drummer started after the guitarist and I, so he is a little behind us. The problem is, he is beast when it comes to solos and drum fills, but what's the most important thing to a drummer... THE TIME. He cannot keep a time. I am not even a drummer, but I can keep a better time than him. It is a huge problem for me because I am supposed to follow both him and the guitarist and when they are in completely different time zones, how am I supposed to do this? The second problem with our drummer is the fact that he plays too loud. He isn't like us and he doesn't have a volume control. When we are playing, the guitar and bass are drowned out because the drums are too loud. We have received many comments about this, saying that he was too loud and also completely off beat. And the third problem is he is never free to have band practice. Whenever the guitarist and I try to schedule a practice, he is usually busy. We think it's because his mom hates us. She doesn't seem to want him to hang out with us. So the guitarist and I practice alone all the time and we are way ahead of him when he finally makes it to a practice. He definetly doesn't take the band as seriously as us. You may suggest to replace our drummer, but it's not that simple. Although he has his flaws, he is still our best friend. He is a crazy drummer, he just needs a lot of work. Any advice on what we can do?