So, my band has been going through everyone's favorite challenge: replacing our vocalist. The last one was a decent singer but high on the crazy scale. She told us that her boyfriend was locking her out of the house so she had to sleep under the porch and various other outlandish stories. And then one day, she moved an hour away from the rehearsal spot. Considering she didn't drive, a problem.... now she's completely left the city and moved to an island. Of course, we had given up on her when she moved the hour away. So, that has left us with the now seemingly monumental task of locating a singer. So far we have had: 1. a guy who yelled (yes yelled, not screamo or anything) into the mic for an hour 2. a girl who wanted us to grunt backing vocals to one of her songs (yes, grunt. not sing) 3. a girl who could sing in Spanish beautifully but you couldn't understand a thing she said in english and two of the most monotone guy singers I have ever heard, one just bland, and the other bland and couldn't hit a key. So, what I would like to know is what makes someone think they can sing and front a band? We talk to them and ask if they have experience and links, and they pretty much all do, and when they get out, they suck. And our expectations are really NOT that high. So far out of 5 people, we have had only 1 that actually owned their own mic and stand. What the heck is that? Sure, we have our own mics and stands and PA setup, but I really don't want everybody drooling over my mic if I can avoid it. We have given each of them 2 of our (originals only) songs on mp3's with lyrics and asked them to learn the songs. Not memorize them, but know them well enough to sing with the band. Not a one of them could make it through one of the songs without a lot of coaching from us. What is everyone's experience and suggestions to avoid this? We have been connecting with people from various locations; craigslist, open mic's, karaoke nights, referrals from friends bands, so we're doing our legwork here. I know people are going to say "do it yourself", but the guitarist can't sing and play at the same time, and I'm very "pitchy, dawg", so not really an option.