[:SITD:] was founded by Jacek and Lau in the Ruhr Area of Germany. In the next three years they self produced and released their first two albums, mourning country (1996) and Atomic (1999). In 1999, Lau left the band to be replaced by Thomas Lesczenski. In 2001, Andrè Sorge joined the band and they toured with VNV Nation and XPQ-21 on the Futureperfect tour. Sorge left the band by the end of the year.