So tonight I had my first "audition" outside the circles of musicians with which I normally play. I've been in bands and play actively at churches now, but I have always been asked to play (no auditioning). I'm looking to branch out a bit and give the creative side some room to grow... found an ad for some guys that have "just moved to the area", been "together approximately five years" and are looking for "bassist with 2 years experience required". I've actually only been playing about 15-16 months, but what the heck, I've been playing a LOT during that time.. so I give them a call and they audition me tonight. Make it sound like it's a concession since my experience is a problem. Get over to the place (dude's apartment) and the other guys are there. They are really nice guys, but baked off their asses. I'm not a drug user, I'm married, help lead worship at a couple churches.. and I'm in a room full of 19 and 20 year old stoners (not bad people mind you, but not my culture at all). An old loveseat, ratty chair, TV and computer on the floor, about 150 video games and two different consoles.. Pot leaf blacklight poster on the wall (and that was it). Sink full of crusty dishes.. you get the picture. Essentially, I was able to play their originals about 3 measures in. The guitarist was average, but the vocals were so bad it was all I could do not to laugh... Some of it seemed comedic, but as I looked around for laughter all I saw were guys nodding their head like "yeahhhh" This was like some Pink Floyd meets Super Mario Brothers meets the short bus kinda jam session. The keyboardist was sporting a Casio.. built in speakers blasting some "instrument" tone. They were blown away that I showed up with an American Fender and an Ashdown head. I should have taken my SX, but anyway..... I cordially played a few tunes with them, exchanged handshakes, and I was on my way. Obviously, if they want me to join I will decline the offer and simply tell them that the chemistry just isn't there. Is it appropriate to ask questions about drug use, lyrical ability, practice space (not an apartment), equipment/resources , etc... on a blind call to setup an audition? I can't say I was comfortable there at all, and I surely would not go back. I wish I would have known up front and saved everyone some time. Any tricks on avoiding something like this?