I play Keys in an original Indie 5 piece. They have three EP's, I'm only on the just completed recent one. Between tracking and mixing over the holidays I had some time to think about it and I really want to leave. I'm stressing about breaking the news to them, not because they'd be lost without me. They'd just be set back a year or two.
Here's a brief rundown of what's going on: The bass player and drummer have over 25 years experience under their belt each - are monster tasteful players (when they need to be) . The bassist was in a seminal local punk band that were legends in the late 70's (I bought their albums when I was 16). The drummer comes from more of FM Modem Rock background - his previous bands albums have that 'Nickelback' thing - but in a good way - production and ability. The singer is a dance instructor in her thirties - this is her first band. She's doesn't know ANY of the musical references we talk about. She has a great voice but occasionally uses affections like Gwen Stefani or (at worse) Axl Rose - I believe this is done out of insecurity. For the recent recording our engineer coaxed out her true voice, got her to drop all the affectations and she delivered a wonderful performance.
The guitar player is an old friend, with a borderline Asberger's personality. He's also been in recording bands since the 80's. He's got his chops and he's talented, but he's incredibly had to deal with. He tries to control every rehearsal, including the conversations we have on break. He's somehow assumed the role of band leader, often sending lengthy emails and text's with detailed instructions for the band business. He tries to run rehearsal like a joyless Military drill. It doesn't seem to bother the others, they just brush it off and ignore his demands. On a recent recording he did fabulous 'scratch' guitar tracks, soulful, great amp tone and playing....and has since replaced them all with layers of over processed mechanical tracks he did at home on his computer with a Pod. He also recorded layers of backup vocals that sound more like a band with two lead singers(like Stars or Monsters of Men. His pitch and timing is fine but the sound of his voice leaves much to be desired
He's also delusional about what this recording will bring us - (it's intended to be submitted for licensing - a crap shoot at best)... We're definitely not a live act, our singer reverts to her vocal histrionics and is wrought with nerves, our bass player - although fabulous in the studio forgets parts. I do fine, both live, writing and recording. I've done extensive touring and studio work since the late 80's as well. We all have day jobs, three of us are over 50.
I don't know what to do. I have a hard time biting my tongue when I'm in the same room as the guitarist and he's waxing on about his experience with projects like this. Sure I'm ODD, but perhaps I just can't respect leadership when I feel it's not deserved. The actual recording, if mixed properly will be incredible. I had the luxury of doing all my overdubs at home using Logic and dumped on Google Drive for the Engineer to pick up.
This situation is frustrating the hell out of me - my girlfriend and family is really tired of hearing about it.
I'm wondering if anyone out there has experienced something similar to this at what the actions were that they took.