Ah, then you know exactly what it's like - it was one of the hardest things I had to do since they are probably 2 of the best musicians I ever had the honor to play with - hands down best bass player ever!You just described a band that I'm in to the T! Great people and players but no followers. I do it because I love it and have the time, but would leave if that love was going stale (just like I would with a woman), but that honesty will keep the relationship strong (unless they are crazy). That will always leave the option to come back for some regular or spotty play!
I'm a shithouse....I'd email themGuys, don't know if any of you have been through this, but some advice is certainly needed. For the most part I have the emotional sensitivity of "Dirty Harry" from the Enforcer - that's not always a good thing...
Anyway, I co-founded this original band and took care of the website (i created it), digital booklets, FB, artwork, mastering, and etc., etc. - you get the idea.
Well after 5 years and two albums of hard work, our turnout at shows is low - only friends or family, no fans. Our only fans are from internet radio - abroad or out of state (We are in New Jersey). Now they want to do a 3rd album. Oh, and BTW, I put up the money for CD duplication, the website, and USB wafer duplication and they took their time in paying me back.
I'm very proud of what we made, but it's time to bail, it's costing a lot of money and there's no return. I just got the nod from an incredible metal band who called me - I'm taking it.
Now, how do I get out of this nicely, especially with the founder - he's a great friend and "brother from another mother", but I'm just done.
Any advice would be helpful - like i said, I'm no good at the "feely" stuff.