My thoughts exactly. I'd like to practice and record everything using click tracks first. Then we can try "live from the floor".If your band wants to do a live from the floor recording, you can practice with a click leading up to it.
There's a couple of things to watch for if you're taking that approach.We met the engineer last night and he would prefer us to record without a click and record the songs live without vocals and lead guitar.
Typically, the singer and lead guitarist are playing with the band when the bed tracks are recorded, but they're isolated and not being recorded. Since they know they're not being recorded, they give sloppy, half-hearted performances, and that effects everyone else's playing. Ya gotta get your singer and lead to play like they mean it while they're helping you record the rhthm section.
The band also needs to be tight, and capable of playing the songs beginning to end without any flubs. It's entirely possible to do all the same editing of a track recorded without a click but, as mentioned by beyondbetral, it's much more labour intensive (expensive) to do so.
One option is to find a good practice recording, put that through the cans, and have the drummer play along with that "scratch track", and start from there.
It's also a good idea to chart your songs in advance. If the studio guys has a chart showing the structure of a song (verse 1, chorus 1, bridge 1, etc.) with approximate times where each part starts, that can save a lot of time scrolling around to find a spot that needs attention.
In a demo studio, one guy typically does everything. That's why I'm trying to convince my guys that pre-production is everything. Ideally, we should get to a point where all anyone needs to do is stick a microphone in front of us. In my fantasy life, we end up pulling everything together so well that we can do an actual live recording, with video. Live for ye olde authenticye, and video because it's 2019.That's great, but where is the producer and why is the engineer speaking to the band about this?