i know this may offend people by saying this, but just hear me out... the drummer's job is to play drums. not to write lyrics, or guitar parts. if it's set from the beginning that you are the main lyricist, then all systems go, right? i don't believe in that whole "jack of all trades" thing. i was okay at all sports when i was a kid, but now, i'm wicked at drums. if you focus on too many things, you'll never excell at each individual one. there's only so much time in the day, right? but how would you like your bassist, who knows crap all about drums to help you write YOUR parts. i think a drummer should focus on his instrument, and play the best beats he can with the song at hand.
personally, my job is to play, and be a friend. some people forget that first and foremost, before any musical chemistry begins, you need to be a good member of the "team". you can totally feel the awkardness in a band that doesn't get along - just there for the talent. look at nickleback - no offense to daniel adair, he's amazing, but i don't think he thought twice about joining. but that's his deal, and i hope he's happy.
once a song comes along, it's my job to disect it and rip it apart. i barely recognize original songs from the final version. it's also my job to pay rent and get shit done. if cd's need to be sold, you bet your ass i'll try harder to sell one at work, rather than a muffin or a coffee. if people need to be called, or research to be done, it should be priority. a band is a band, but it's also a business. you just can't think of it as one, and it should never feel like one.
i'm done my rant now.