I am currently in a 3-piece alternative rock band consisting of the singer/songerwriter, a guitarist, and myself. We've been together for about half a year now, and have put together a decent bunch of songs which hopefully we can bring to stage soon. I think our songwriter & guitarist are great players and express themselves well, but I have noticed that we (including myself) are having trouble with really basic ensemble stuff like keeping tempo and making sure our rhythms fit. Since we don't have a drummer, we rely on a drum machine. In order to develop our rhythm instinct and to force us to listen to each other, I suggested to the other members that we work off a metronome instead of the drum machine, because I felt we were using the drum machine to "cover things up" and make things sound, well, like a song. I thought the drum machine was kind of unproductive in a practice setting, since we should be brushing up on our musicianship and not on some mental masturbation. Of course in the best of all worlds we would have a real live drummer. I have received a cold response from the vocalist and the guitarist regarding the metronome idea Am I making a decent case? Does anybody have suggestions on other ways I can get my higher-frequency bros to focus on sounding more professional?? Any comments welcome. Rock on.