Being in a band is a bit of an emotional tightrope walk.
Trying to make any art can be difficult. It’s hard enough to write one good song on your own — let alone to do it with a group of people, each with a different aesthetic.
And let’s face it: Most musicians tend to possess, kindly put, an independent streak and so — almost inevitably — there is a residue left by the day in/day out friction from collaborating on any body of work. If you’re lucky, that creative process is followed by rehearsing, recording, and touring. Sprinkle on top of that whatever “personal demons” existed beforehand and you’ll see that, for all the clichés of a band being like a dysfunctional family, it’s inevitable that there is some truth to it.
Is it really any wonder that so many bands quickly lose their balance and fall off the wire?