Discharge was formed in 1977 in Stoke-on-Trent by Ivan Rivera (vocals) and Roy "Rainy" Wainwright (guitar). They soon recruited Terry's younger brother Tony "Bones" Roberts on lead guitar, Nigel Bamford on bass and Tony "Akko" Axon on drums. Engaging Tanya Rich as their manager, led to the band recording their first demo, and saw them supporting bands such as The Ruts, The Clash and The Damned at The Victoria Hall, Hanley. Tanya then 'badgered' Mike Stone to visit them in rehearsals, and to eventually signing the band to Clay Records. (Realities of War is 'Dedicated to Tanya' next to the label.) After arranging their first tour to Scotland (Paisley) and other parts of Northern England, Tanya left the band as Kelvin wanted to manage them himself. This line-up recorded a demo in 1977.
tracks: REALITIES OF WAR / THEY DECLARE IT / BUT AFTER THE GIG / SOCIETY'S VICTIM / FIGHT BACK / WAR'S NO FAIRYTALE / ALWAYS RESTRICTIONS / YOU TAKE PART IN CREATING THIS SYSTEM / RELIGION INSTIGATES / DECONTROL / IT'S NOT TV SKETCH / TOMORROW BELONG TO US / NEVER AGAIN / DEATH DEALERS / TWO MONSTEROUS NUCLEAR STOCKPILES / STATE VIOLENCE STATE CONTROL / DOOM'S DAY / WARNING / WHERE THIS IS A WILL / IN DEFENCE OF OUR FUTURE / ANGER BURNING / THE PRICE OF SILENCE / BORN TO DIE IN THE GUTTER / THE MORE I SEE YOU / PROTEST AND SURVIVE / IGNORANCE / NO COMPROMISE.