The Accelerators are a Union, New Jersey based punk band.
The band, influenced largely by the Ramones, was started by singer/bass player/songwriter Ron Nole in 1981 with talented but troubled lead guitarist John T. Hansen, and backed by Dave Ross on drums.
They released a number of self-produced vinyl records and cassettes and were featured on comps such as the Weird New Jersey collections with standout titles such as "Shades of Death Road". Their brand of fast and loud "power pop" music made them local club favorites throughout the late 1980s.
Hansen, who produced much of the band's recorded output, continued to innovate on the basic punk ethos. For "Landscaping '99", a cassette release from the late 1980s, the band recorded with an actual power lawnmower in the studio. The band appeared a number of times on Pat Duncan's show on WFMU-FM. John Hansen died in 2001 due to effects of alcoholism in Philadelphia, Pa.
Anthony L. Rodriguez joined the band in 1991, on guitar and vocals. For a short time Anthony filled in on drums returning the band to a trio, then later back on guitar, while A.C. Krueger joined in on drums. Troy DeAngelis is currently the band's drummer. Brian Sommer of New Jersey hardcore legends Stetz joined the band in 2001 as the rhythm guitarist.
"Punk Rock Rumble", "Do You Remember Punk?", "Start the Revolution", and "Punk Rock Revolution" are also currently available. A Punk and Horror Video collection is also available.