439. Anger Into Passion – Common Bond


Common Bond

One of the many amazing bands to come out of the Orange County Christian Music scene and the spearheading label, Frontline Records, Common Bond was unfortunately much overlooked. They released two nationally recognized releases and the much sough after “White Album,” and independent project I still own.

A trio that consisted of three amazing musicians; Kenny Samuels (bass, vocals), Steve Durham (guitars) and Chuck Cummings (drums). Cummings was later replaced by the amazing Terl Bryant.

The first project “Heaven is Calling” hinted at what was to follow in “Anger Into Passion,” an amazing record that would unfortunately be the last. The style is difficult to pin down with Samuel’s higher pitched voice that is reminiscent of Ian Cussick, Geddy Lee (without all the annoying whining) and former Love Song drummer John Mehler. Musically it falls into the world of later Police and the more progressive and smart alternative music of the late 80’s.

Lyrically very smart as creative. Musically astute. There is a rare combination. One special note of interest, the album contains a very cool cover Daniel Amos’ “Wall of Doubt.” Another AYSO here!

  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Like many artists, sometimes their debut project was the better album.

  2. paul
    October 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    The first Common Bond album was entitled “Common Bond” and is my favorite of thier works and is almost impossible to find. I had to record it onto my computer from a 30 year old tape to have a digital copy.

  3. Liz
    March 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Love this one. And from what I remember when I worked at Frontline Records, these were some of the nicest guys.

  4. June 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    hey this is kenny from common bond that first white album was recorded on a small 8 track with a drum machine and a few friends i have a couple of copies if anyone is interested

    • Mick Haupt
      March 5, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Would love a copy. Was just listening to “Matter of Time” this morning. If the offer is still out there, I would love it. Always wondered what happened to the band, and bummed only 2 albums were made.

    • June 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      I’m definitely interested in getting a copy. Contact info?

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