Absent Without Leave (A.W.o.L.) was founded in 1996 as a short-lived video project which concentrated on producing tiny videoclips set to music by the likes of early 80’s synthpop pioneers like John Foxx, Gary Numan, Fad Gadget or The Twins. The project was called A.W.o.L. as a proof for not keeping up with the latest trends and fashion. The videos should reflect a bit of an 80’s feeling as the music did by its sound. Finally, A.W.o.L. bought their first analog synthesizers (the Korg MS-20 and the Roland SH-101) tired of using well-known songs from records or CD’s for their video work. This was totally out of fashion at that time as almost every synth-pop band used digital technology as it was a lot easier to handle then. In 1998 the first proper songs by A.W.o.L. emerged from the synthesizers and they eventually abandoned the video-production.