1992-1996: Thee Vinyl Creatures
1999-2005: The Sound Platform
2003-2005: The Wells Collective
2014-2014: El Grumpos

The Sun & The Silver Anthology is a collection of recordings produced by a bunch of Melbourne and Geelong based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists between 1992-2005 culminating in the end of all projects so two of the main members Darren Smallman and Simon Baird could focus on their record label, Australian independent Low Transit Industries.

Darren Smallman was the main constant through out all the projects who has always had an extermely DIY method to bands he was in. Playing in Warped and Toad [featuring members of Bored!, Fridge & Tumbleweed] in his teens and self-releasing tapes at shows through to all sorts of merch he fell in love with the production of a band which followed him through his life and all the way through Low Transit Industries.

The anthology spans 20 years of self-released material and demos which will be released digitally via Darren’s imprint BATTLE and will include 5 releases with over 60 tracks handpicked and re-mastered with artwork by US artist Trish Grantham.

Members: Cameron Ross (Dishpan Fingers), Clinton Stewart, Dale Trickett, Danny Griffith (SubAudible Hum, The Queen’s Head), Darren Smallman (Warped, Toad, Ancient Horses), Dave Jeffrey, Derrin Nauendorf, Fiona Lee Maynard (Have A Nice Day, In Vivo, Tijuana Souvenirs), J (SubAudible Hum), Karl Inderberg, Rae Howell (Sunwrae), Sasha Bell (The Essex Green, The Ladybug Transistor), Simon Baird, Simon Cleary, Simon Edwards (Essay Edwards, Silver City Highyway, SubAudible Hum, Souls On Board), Stacka (Bored!, Golden Lifestyle Band, Gazebo, The New Season)

“The standout track is the fuzzy indiepop of ‘Golden City Sunshine’ that seems to channel both Stereolab and Hawkwind… it’s well worth dipping into” SoundsXP

“It’s a fascinating document of Smallman’s growth as a songwriter, musician and producer, right alongside his many collaborators” Mess+Noise

“Well worth checking out” Paul McBride


You can download all tracks individually by clicking the release link on each release. Click on each track on the SoundCloud page to reach the download button.

Thee Vinyl Creatures That Was Then… This Is Now Various Artists CD (1993) Featuring Schizophrenic Dream
Thee Vinyl Creatures The Bias Is Transposition CD Album (1995)
Thee Vinyl Creatures Here Comes Eleven Nuns (One With A Bucket Of Chips For Me) Various Artists CD (1996) Featuring Fear Of Mediocrity and I Am Superman
Thee Vinyl Creatures I Dig Them Boots 8″ Vinyl EP (1996)
The Sound Platform To Be Played At 33 R.P.M. 7” EP (2000)
The Sound Platform The Mission Of A Sad Man Is Glorious CD EP (2001)
The Sound Platform Do They Smoke Cigarettes In Heaven CD EP (2002)
The Sound Platform FutureRock Sampler Various Artists CD (2002) Featuring The Monkey March
The Sound Platform Test Tones Volume 04 Various Artists CD (2004) Featuring Summer Something
The Sound Platform Shake Yer Popboomerang 2 Various Artists CD (2004) Featuring Summer Something
The Wells Collective Along Sydon Drive CD Album (2005)
Thee Vinyl Creatures The Sun & The Silver Anthology Volume 1 Digital compilation (2013)
Thee Vinyl Creatures The Sun & The Silver Anthology Volume 2 Digital compilation (2013)
The Sound Platform The Sun & The Silver Anthology Volume 3 Digital compilation (2013)
The Wells Collective The Sun & The Silver Anthology Volume 4 Digital compilation (2013)
The Sound Platform The Sun & The Silver Anthology Volume 5 CD compilation (2013)
El Grumpos My 1st Record, My 1st Store. Various Artists 12″ for Record Store Day (2014)