Common Sense took their reggae-rock influences and created their own style. Singer Nick Hernandez started the band in Santa Barbara while studying music at UCSB. His soulful vocal style and natural stage presence gained the group an immediate loyal following. He then moved back to South Laguna where he joined up with Billy Sherman whose upbeat guitar and melodic sensibility gained Common Sense more attention.
Larry Young grew up in Houston, Texas playing bass in rock and reggae bands. He moved to California where his funky bass style fit the band perfectly. Drummer Drew Hester added his rock steady beats completing the band sound.
This new lineup went on to record on first Common Sense album, Live at the Belly Up. The band has been playing live shows around the country non-stop. Their sound has been constantly evolving, with guitarist Phil Gough joining the band in 2009.