Portland, Oregon's dark electro/synth pop duo Glass Candy morphed greatly over the course of their metered but magnificent development. The group began in 1996 shortly after vocalist Ida No met producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel when he was working at a local grocery store. Early music from the band went under the name Glass Candy & the Shattered Theatre, and mixed raw, drony new wave rock sounds with a theatrical presentation. The band self-released several 7" singles, beginning with 1999's Brittle Women, followed by 2001's Metal Gods. In late 2000 they toured with Baltimore post-hardcore group the Convocation Of... and released the live album Smashed Candy from a murky tape of one of the shows. Several drummers came and went during the course of the group's early days, including the likes of Avalon Kalin, Dusty Sparkles, Ginger Peaches, and Jimi Hey, all providing rhythms at one time or another as the band shifted sounds from early art rock to glam to a more synthetic disco mode.