There was a recent post here about how much new material people do for a band per gig,
and it seems like the bands I am working with do a lot more in that respect. One of the bandleader I work with picks anywhere between 4-8 new songs per gig, sometimes doing two sets of new music with 1-2 rehearsals. We gig about 2-3 times a month. We can handle it, but a lot of things just aren't very tight because we have so many new things. Also, There are many instances where the bandleader is pretty shaky on the new material too.
Personally, I would like to have list of tunes where evertyhing is second nature to us and we can do it without having to think too much, and add new materials slowly. This band has been in existance for almost 3 years but we really don't have any tunes that are second nature to us. We just keep on jumping from one new material to other, barely skimming through the tunes.
As if that's not band enough, I have other bands where I have to learn like 12-15 new tunes every single gig too. My problem isnt that I can't do it or the workload is too much, but it just seems like it's unrealistic to expect the band to be tight when you throw so much at them all the time. The audience likes what we do and band members seems sastisfied with their work., but IMO a lot of things we play feel somewhat half-baked to me.
I was wondering if others here have had similar expereince, and I would like to know what you got out of it.