An original ensemble is quite a different animal. An original band can expect to play for the door, open for other original groups or work for small guarantees plus percentages. Originality, while admirable, doesn’t often lend itself to financial sustainability in the beginning. Demographics must be considered, fans made and recordings created to even get a project ready to hit the stage.
One also wants to consider securing a publishers license to protect songs and create income through licensing. An original group should think about forming an LLC or incorporating to make sure, as a business, the group is focused on long term growth.