Re: Covers vs Originals... Help required !!!
One of the bands I'm in does about 50/50 covers and originals. I find that some of the problems are common to doing both. If it's an original that one member of the band comes up with then the others have to be convinced by it. And when we do covers we all need to like it too, and we don't do faithful reproductions of the original so there are often big decisions about structure and feel etc to take anyway. Part of the decision comes down to whether you want to be seen as a covers band or not.
I'd also say someone who is dead set against covers needs to be coming up with some original tune ideas too.
Oh, and of course there's your audience. What does it want?