Practically swimming in music as a child, Michael Ferentino had already released two independent albums by the time he reached high school. Teaming up with Andres Karu, he was a part of the short-lived Love In Reverse, an electronic rock act that signed a deal with Warner/Reprise. The two subsequent albums, I Was Here and Words Become Worms, were critically successful and allowed the band to join some more high-profile tours such as Republica and Ian Astbury. In 1998, Michael joined up with Andres again to form Amazing Meet Project, which caught the attention of Clerks director Kevin Smith, in turn leading to score work for the film A Better Place. In 1999, Michael embarked on a solo career, more folky in direction, and toured North America with former Wonderstuff leader Miles Hunt.