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The Exploding Hearts


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Portland, Oregon, United States (2001 – 2003)

The Exploding Hearts were a punk rock / power pop band which formed in Portland, Oregon, United States in 2001. The band comprised Adam Cox (vocals, guitar), Terry Six (guitar), Matt Fitzgerald (bass) and Jeremy Gage (drums). Despite critical acclaim for their album “Guitar Romantic” and their single “Modern Kicks”, the band is probably best known for the tragic van accident in July 2003 which killed Cox, Fitzgerald and Gage, after which the band ceased to exist.

During the early 2000s the band rose to prominence in the US Pacific Northwest punk / new wave scene with a combination of energetic live shows and extremely well received singles. The band drew their influence from early British punk bands like The Undertones, The Jam, The Boys and The Buzzcocks, as well as pop acts like Nick Lowe. The Exploding Hearts lead a revival of 70s power pop and new wave in the Seattle / Portland area along with bands likeThe Briefs andThe Epoxies on the then-Seattle based Dirtnap Records.

On July 20th, 2003 the band was in an automotive accident which claimed the lives of three members. Their touring van flipped over on Interstate 5 just north of Eugene, Oregon while en route from San Francisco to Portland. Jeremy Gage (age 21) and Adam Cox (age 23) were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Matthew Fitzgerald (age 20), died at a hospital. Terry Six and band manager Rachelle Ramos both survived with minor injuries.


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  • t2thewizzle


    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • g3tyousuM

    should have listened to your mama, she always said I was a creeP

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • KJD89

    10 years ago today. RIP.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • modern_kicks

    Forever my favorite band.

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • nickwafer

    God I keep going back and listening to Guitar Romantic and it blows me away every time. It may just seem like silly/fun pop punk revival at surface (which it largely is) but there are some really touching moments as well. The lyrics to throwaway style are basically poetry. Fucking geniuses and I miss them.

    6 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    no, i think they were very influential. they supplied a genre of music (rock and indie) with a much-needed shot of youthful sincerity and a devil-may-care attitude that was being slowly replaced by a jaded, hipstery state of mind, and still is. we need another band like the exploding hearts to shake things up again

    23 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SupahShadow


    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • skinnyneckhex

    fuck you badname

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • DemonSanctuary

    "So many bands these days take obvious influence from these dudes and I'm glad they're carrying the torch. Biters are a good example of this." or is it that they are still taking influence from The Clash, The Buzzcocks, The Undertones and so on..... while I like this band, can not help but think they are anything but original. It is good fun music, for what it is, it is a good release. But not one I would ever call original or refreshing.

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ghostsoma

    good one

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jackyboiii

    So many bands these days take obvious influence from these dudes and I'm glad they're carrying the torch. Biters are a good example of this.

    8 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ajablagargala

    This is one of the saddest band stories I have ever read.

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • goodcoolman69


    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • eugitamburini

    nothing like exploding hearts in the morning

    26 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Dylanisgod2

    if you guys like the exploding hearts you might like my band... they are dear to our hearts

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Pateraaaack

    best rock n' roll band of the 2000s hands down

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • VeganNoise

    They were soo great.Too bad what happened to them :( RIP

    9 Aug 2011 Reply
  • PitaDauphin

    love this band

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ocaicai

    I'm a pretender at the game of love....<3

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • staywaivy

    What a tragic band story.[2]

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
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