I'm not sure if some of you guys in the Pit like punk music but in recently hanging out with the band the Dwarves they gave probably the best piece of advice to get your band serious and over the top.

Basically do one thing for your band a day. Even the smallest thing but make sure you don't go a day without doing something for the band. And call every member of the band and let them know what you did. So with all the phone calls exchanged your band connects better and shows more pressure on everyone else to do something and drive the band more. Its a miniscule thing to do but it adds up and is psychologically a great thing to do for your band.

Just thought I'd share.
My last band I was in for 5 years and now 3 of us from that band are in a new band and really trying to do it right and make it. We're following this idea.