Originally under the name The Hooter upon their formation in 1992, the original line up Cheyne (guitar), Carrie Haines (vocals), Brad Cheers (bass) and Stephen Meldrum (drums) changed it to The Simpletons on the account of their simplistic use of acoustical instruments. With Carrie parting and Cheyne taking over on vocal responsibilities, The Simpletons won over the local college crowds by being the only non-funk/ non-cover band in the area. After recruiting guitarist Darren Hanlon in 1994, they released the Smother EP and followed with a tour across Australia. With their next EPs Nod and Crash Out released before their first full-length Matter 1995 was spent on the road and in the studio to record their second album Tandem prior to playing with their idol Billy Bragg on a couple dates. More EPs and touring came about in 1997 with some gigs with They Might Be Giants followed by the singles "Light A Candel," "F." and "'Till the Sky." Unfortunately, after some gigs with Juliana Hatfield, The Simpletons wouldn't be the same. With Brad Cheer and Darren Hanlon departing, Cheyne and Ryan continued with a revolving line up that was featured on the 1997 single "Eight" and their 1998 goodbye album Popcore.