Label: Havoc Discharge emerged in 1980 and 1981 -- after the Sex Pistols had fizzled and the Clash's popularity had exploded. While the media proclaimed the death of the scene, Terry "Tezz" Roberts (drums), Tony "Bones" Roberts (guitar), Roy "Rainy" Wainwright (bass), and vocalist Cal lurched out of the gate with "Realities of War." And like any great grass roots effort, the band began to make considerable noise without the support of a distribution network or widespread media attention. There's no posing here, no spectacle. Rather, "Why" and its accompanying material hum with desperation and attitude. The Roberts brothers and their mates certainly had something to prove, as vicious lyrical tirades against war mongering and repressive social politics can attest. But while their agenda was admirable, it's the snapping, popping, hair dryer-in-the-bathwater quality of Discharge's music that resonates almost two decades on. Musicians will write protest songs forever. But the immediacy of this torn and stained punk rock snapshot is hard to replicate.