Re: Band members that slow progress in Band development.
I agree with recording. Sometimes it's not until we hear ourselves that we see (or hear) the need for improvement.
I've had the same problem and I've noticed that if we schedule a gig (even a small one) a few weeks in advance and set a definate song list, folks tend to get focused real quick. We can "settle" if we are just playing for one another for fun but the thought of getting onto a stage and playing for an audience can be a real motivator for progress.
"For the words of the profits were written on the studio walls- CONCERT HALL!"