The Exploder

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The Exploder
The Exploder Photo.jpg
The Exploder performing at 1208 W. Frankin Street, in Richmond, VA.
Background information
Origin Richmond, Virginia, United States
Genres Emo, Indie rock, Hardcore
Instruments vocals, guitars, drums
Years active 1997–2000
Labels Reptilian Records, Dim Mak Records
Associated acts Cross My Heart, The Broken Strings, Regents
Past members Jesse Lyell, Dan Evans, Scott Batiste, Matt Smith, Jedd Wilcox, Eric Kane, Eric Zirkle

The Exploder was a hardcore punk band from Richmond, VA. They are most noted for their fast-paced discordant songs and chaotic drumming and time signatures. They released one record and a panoply of singles and EPs.


The van El Toro used by The Exploder on the last U.S. tour in January 2000.

The band played its first show in January 1997 in a basement in Richmond, Virginia.

Band members[edit]

  • Jesse Lyell - Vocals, Guitar
  • Dan Evans - Vocals, Bass
  • Jedd Wilcox - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
  • Matt Smith - Guitar, Vocals
  • Scott Batiste - Drums

Past members[edit]

  • Eric Zirkle - Guitar
  • Eric Kane - Drums

Band name origin[edit]

Although some believe the band's name came from the song S.S. Exploder from the second Nation of Ulysses album which the band covered for the Cut the Cord EP, it is actually just a coincidence. The band name was originally coined by guitarist Jesse Lyell when he saw an overturned tractor trailer in flames while on a road trip with a friend.

Sick Weapons[edit]

In 2009 Jesse Lyell and Dan Evans formed the band Sick Weapons with vocalist Ellie Beziat formerly of Fascist Fascist and Peter O'Connell and Joey Sulkowski formerly of The Death Set, and are based out of Baltimore.

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