|Origin||Richmond, Virginia, United States|
|Genres||Emo, Indie rock, Hardcore|
|Instruments||vocals, guitars, drums|
|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 band played its first show in January 1997 in a basement in Richmond, Virginia.
- Jesse Lyell - Vocals, Guitar
- Dan Evans - Vocals, Bass
- Jedd Wilcox - Drums, Guitar, Vocals
- Matt Smith - Guitar, Vocals
- Scott Batiste - Drums
- Eric Zirkle - Guitar
- Eric Kane - Drums
Band name origin
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.
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.