I heard one of the worst bands I ever heard last nite. And most of the players in the band were fairly good. But they sounded like a giant loud indecernable mess. And these were supposed professional guys who should know better. Four piece band, the two guitar players just buried the whole band, walking all over each other's leads and the vocals, the kick durm was mic'd so loud it was just jumble in the mix, the drummer (another supposed pro) over played, and had no backbeat... in short it was a wall of unidentifiable noise. My friend kept telling me what great players they all were and it was the room.....Wailing away on rhythm guitar and burying the rest of the band has nothing to do with the room accoustics I told him.....My point was how good could these guys really be if they don't have enough sense to play in proper porportion to each other and stop walking all over each other, and get a drum that understands the basics of putting a beat across. These guys in the band seem to be completely oblivious to how bad they sounded. I was thinking to myself, if I was up there and was trying to sing, I'd turn around and scream at them, "Shut the F**K up I'm trying to sing"......... Point one- I'm tired of hearing people blame "the sound" and the room for what is really bad musicianship. 99 percent of the circumstances I've come across, is that the sounds sucks because or the indvidual players not the sound system. They simple don't know how to play out of the way and let the lead/vocal come thru, they over play and play with muddled tone and/or to loud. Point two: I don't care how technical or proficient a person is on their instrument, they are still chump change amatures if they don't know how to fit into a band setting and make a good sound that is soft and cuts, and play a part that is simple and effective. The group I saw last nite, were all suppose to be all seasoned old hands according to my friend. And I must say they all were very proficient at their instruments, but my point to my friend was that just because you are proficient at your instrument doesn't mean you know anything about music or how to play and sound good. Music and sounding good in a band is so much more than just being able to play an instument. And STOP blaming the sound system !