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Discharge

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Stoke On Trent, UK (1977 – present)

There are at least two bands named Discharge:

1) Hardcore punk/d-beat from Stoke On Trent, UK.
2) Hardcore/punk rock from Middlesbrough, UK.

1) The most famous Discharge, hardcore punk/d-beat formed in Stoke On Trent, UK in 1977, were one of the world’s first hardcore punk bands, and are often recognized as one of the main bands responsible for starting , and serving as sole inspiration for a legion of bands who played a style of hardcore punk called “” for how they paid tribute to Discharge’s distinctive guitar and drum interplay. They later went on to play in the ’80s hybrid of and . Discharge are still active today, fronted by The Varukers vocalist Rat.

Discharge formed with the original line up of Terry ‘Tez’ Roberts on Vocals, Tony ‘Bones’ Roberts on Guitar, Roy ‘Rainy’ Wainwright on guitar, Nigel Bamford on bass and Akko on drums. Shortly after Nigel Bamford left the group and Rainy moved to bass. This line up sounded much more like the Sex Pistols and only recorded one demo.

The line up and the sound changed in 1979. It became: Kelvin ‘Cal’ Morris on vocals, Bones on guitar, Rainy on bass and Tez on drums. Many consider this line up to be the “classic” Discharge line up.

Their heavy guitar-driven sound and anti-melodic screamed vocals of the new line up earned an early crossover appeal to fans of speed metal. Their songs focused on anarchist and pacifist themes emphasizing the grisly effects of nuclear war and capitalism.

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