Con Dolore, a Latin musical term for "with grief", began in 1998 as a studio project between Kristy Moss and Ed Ballinger. Formerly in the band Polar, they released two full-length albums on Clairecords. Like Polar, Con Dolore mixes heavily effected guitars with melancholy lyrics and slow tempos. The period of growth between the two projects, though, eventually melded Con Dolore into an entity with a more personal and reflective angle than Ed and Kristy had previously used. After the recording of "This Sad Movie" they added Wes Snowden, a veteran of the Orlando Punk Rock scene.