We've been having a fair amount of tension in the cover band I play in for a while. It centers on volume, both front of house and stage levels. Most in the band are constantly complaining that we're too loud. Me and another are of the view that you can't have a rock cover band and play at levels so low that those sitting 10 feet in front of you can comfortably speak with their date. I realized today that, for the most part, I'm wrong. We play mostly in small bars or restaurant/bars. Our clientele are generally >35. I may be a Whipping Post kind of guy but they are not. The "epiphany" is that the fix is in the material we play. Whipping Post, Running Down a Dream, etc., do work best at volume. Instead of me fighting to avoid playing them at talk-over levels, we ought to just drop them from the repertoire and play songs that actually work in the setting we're playing at (CCR, Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, for example). Anybody else facing a similar volume issue find the answer is in the material you play?