I'm looking for advice on what type of project would be best for my first band. I've recently decided that it's time to join or start a band after 2.5 years of learning my instrument. I seem to have two or more options at this point. I've been talking with two guitarists who want to start a cover band project. We met and picked out songs to learn, but they wanted to get a drummer on board before we even played together. We got contacted by a drummer. (guitarist / songwriter and newbie drummer of one year looking to push his musicianship by taking a drum gig). He wanted to meet up with me first to see how we get along and play together - start with bass and drums first and get it tight. I liked that way of thinking. I agreed and we met and we 'clicked' in every possible way. He told me about his original project he is starting to put together and extended an invitation for me to try out/ try them out. We were meeting to work on a cover band project so we didn't talk too much about the other project beyond making it clear we both wanted to give it a try. I was stoked with all of this and intended to pursue both projects even though that seemed like a lot. This morning I got word from Mr. drummer dude that he has decided he is not enjoying learning the cover material and is excusing himself from the cover band project. He still wants to swap tapes of originals and then probably do a few jams and then see what we think. So now what do I do? Go back to searching for a drummer for a cover band that has never played together and has no singer. Start working more on writing and recording more original material and pursue the original project full on (bass would complete a trio) Tell them all that I've 'got bass and will travel' and then just relax and wait for the phone to ring and play with whoever wants to play. Should I be looking for other projects? (I know many on here advise look for an already gigging band, although I am intimidated by having to learn a bands complete set list while they are all waiting for me to get ready) I like the idea of playing covers because something about it seems more legit to me, in the way that some people play originals because they aren't good enough to learn songs, but I'm sure playing originals would scratch the musical itch just as well (it might be even better, who knows) Does anybody have opinions on originals vs. covers for a bass players first band? If you were kind enough to read this far, care to speculate on which option would be best for me?