I used to play in a band but I was never satisfied with the direction we were heading towards but I must mention that whatever we created during our association with each other was a sheer Kick ARSE!! Sadly things did not gel too well ! I record my songs on my on now and I am not involved with any bands.
I used to play when I was in a Band but I never had a high moments playing Live because a lot of time the whole sound system would make you sound crappy and I get very easily distracted and uncomfortable with such things!
I've never followed any bands strictly! iIt bores me. Ideologies are important. There are so many things beside just music that can inspire you all you need to do is keep your eyes and mind open!!
SX guitars, G1 guitar effects!
Keep supporting indie artists!! There are no fun in top 20's.