When local band Mother May I signed a deal with Columbia Records in 1994, it was big news on the local scene. And when their major label debut 'Splitsville' arrived in record stores in February 1995, things looked bright for the loud, melodic rock trio. The man who signed them to the deal had also signed Soul Asylum, Chalk Farm, and Primitive Radio Gods, so it looked like the label would push 'Splitsville' hard. Didn't happen. With a batch of new songs, Hennessey approached his longtime musical partner and drummer Rob LeBourdais. 'I said 'Let's try it again, but this time with smaller steps,'' says Hennessey. They added guitarist Mike Harvey (known for fronting Washington's High Llamas) and Graham McCulloch (late of Earth 18) 'It's nice to be playing with absolutely no expectations. I want to get to what I felt five years ago doing this,' says Hennessey, 'instead of what I felt two years ago, spending all of my time worrying about how many records we're selling. I'm doing this because I love music, love playing, love hanging out with my best friends who happen to br the guys I play music with.'