November 1995, Drummer Eric Fisher, frustrated with previous projects began writing on his own. He discovered blending dark alt-rock songwriting with innovative programming would help him become a more creative songwriter, rather than being a conventional rock band. He then dubbed the project Tapping The Vein. Eric brought his ideas to guitarist/songwriter Steve Stegg and bassist Lou Louvenir. He began a search for a vocalist and found the perfect match, Heather Thompson. In May 1996, They recorded their first ep and released it independently.