Jesus freak Hideout: Why the name, "Common Children?"
Marc Byrd & Drew Powell:
We chose the name because we are all common children in the sense that we all live together,
in a broken world, in need of graceóbeggars attempting to tell other beggars where to get bread. Marc presented the idea to the rest of the band.
JFH: How did the band get started?
Marc & Drew: We (Drew and Marc) went to the same college in Arkansas. Marcís roommate later introduced us to Hampton. We played anywhere and everywhere.
JFH: How would you describe your sound?
Marc & Drew: Modern/melodic with an edge.
JFH: What bands have influenced your sound?
Marc & Drew: U2, the Choir, the Verve, Radiohead, Kingís X, the Church, L.S.U., Tears for Fears, Michael
Hedges, Smashing Pumpkins, and YES.
JFH: Two years ago, you guys released your fantastic debut album, Skywire. It had the rather
controversial song, "Hate," on it. What inspired the song, and did you
guys receive a lot of flack for it?
Marc & Drew: There were some concerns about the lyrical content. We actually had some CDs returned
because of that song. The inspiration for the song comes from our own struggle with the
flesh. It talks about hating the flesh and the "self" that goes against what God intended for
our lives. We see this in Romans, where Paul calls himself a wretched man for doing what
he hates, instead of what he knows is right.
JFH: This year, you released your sophomore project, "Delicate Fade." Itís a really great disc,
with a lighter sound. What caused you to change your style?
Marc & Drew:
The change was a natural progression because of what we were listening to on the road.
We think there is more of a focus on the songs themselves, as opposed to just rocking out.
(Not to say that we donít like rock. We love to rock). The CD still slams...
JFH: What is the song, "Burn," about?
Marc: "Burn" is about propaganda and using Christ as a means of profit.
JFH: What is "Indiscreet" about?
Marc: "Indiscreet" is about sin that is committed in the dark, and the person thinking that it will
never come to light.
JFH: What is the meaning behind "Pulse"?
Marc: "Pulse" talks about unity in the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ has one heartbeat, or
JFH: What is the song, "Storm Boy," about?
Marc: "Storm Boy" is about kids who have grown up in dysfunctional families and carried their
inner struggles with them into adulthood.
JFH: What is your favorite Common Children song?
Drew: "Last Time Out." Itís about speaking what is truly on your heart, before
itís too late.
JFH: Do you prefer Mountain Dew or Surge?
Drew: Mountain Dew... nectar of the gods.
JFH: What's your favorite movie?
Drew: "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
JFH: What does the future hold in store for Common Children?
Marc & Drew: Possibly a third CD, but we are waiting until the fall to decide for sure. Keep us in your
prayers . . .
JFH: The Jesus freak Hideout site was started out of appreciation for good
Christian music. We've set a goal to try to use the site to spread
Christian music, as well as God's Word, & show others how great Christian
music can be. Do you listen to Christian music? If so, what bands?
Marc & Drew: Yes. Violet Burning, Velour 100, Starflyer 59, Kingís X, Vigilantes of Love, L.S.U.,
the Choir, Grammatrain, the Prayer Chain, Mark Heard.
JFH: I really appreciate you taking out the time in your busy schedule to
answer some questions for us. Are there any last comments you'd like to make?
Marc & Drew: Thanks again for your support of live music and for doing what you are doing. Be
encouraged and know that it is not in vain. Thanks again for listening to the children.
-Drew and Marc-