Circ are producer Alexander Perls and vocalist Madelin Lane. The two met at a Sonic Youth concert on The Bowery in New York City during the summer of 2001. Perls had been living in NYC since 1998, working for the American video artist Matthew Barney. Madelin had moved to NYC six months earlier, and was working for a midtown talent agent as a talent scout for the daytime soap operas. After some conversation, somehow it turned out that Perls was looking for a vocalist for a track he was producing and Madelin wanted to try some singing. He said he had a song called "Destroy She Said" which needed a vocalist. Perls and Madelin first recorded in Perls' basement studio in Chinatown, right near the East River in Lower Manhattan. The vocal tracks for "Destroy She Said" were all recorded during one very hot night during the summer of 2001, four months before the September 11th attacks. The lyrical reference to "the towers" is merely coincidental.