Somewhat to my surprise, I had a great time last night! The drummer turned out less good than I had hoped, and we would need some time to gell - part of the reason being these are originals and he is not sure of what he will play, either
Singer was enthusiastic, but not very good. Not bad, either though! If he does on stage what he does during their rehearsals, it will at least be entertaining
He also apparently decorates the rehearsal room (which they rent) with lamps and stuff to create a nice mood
Weirdo, but I liked him immediately.
The guitarist is pretty good. Looked a bit weird (and st*ned) when he walked in but once he realized that yes, I do know what a 12-bar (with a quick IV) implies, and I speak music (as in thirds and fifths) instead of fretboard numbers (as in fret three on string five) he warmed up a lot. Halfway through one of their songs he complimented me on being an "actual bassist" and not a guitarist trying to play bass. In fact, most of the evening he complimented me
I of course was not satisfied with my own playing, but who ever is?
Apparently they have tried out several bass players so far, including a kid who bought a bass a week prior to trying out (ballsy!) but I am the first one where they liked what I was doing.
Mind you, I was mostly copying the guitar riffs and trying to keep up with the drums. Told them I am NOT a flashy player and would rather play fewer notes than overplay by 1 note. Guitarist commented: "He's saying all the right things!"
It was more fun than I anticipated but they have a second candidate for next week. I told them to go ahead and have him come over. You never know who walks in, could be they totally love him. Told the drummer today that I would love to jam with them again in two weeks - provided he sends over recordings from last night so I can prepare a bit.
Also told him we will have to make agreements on rehearsal hours, IF I join. They can keep 10PM if it works for them, but I will only rehearse for 2 hours then. Tell em up front and such. Not trying to be all prima donna but I think it's best to get all this out in the open up front. I am trying a whole new assertive, honest approach...