HistoryTankard were formed in 1982 by three classmates, Andreas Geremia, Axel Katzmann and Frank Thorwarth; they came up with the name Tankard with the help of a dictionary. Their first song written was called "Ray Death", a song about nuclear war and their first gig was played in a local classroom in 1983. As the band were not permitted to drink alcohol in the school, they smuggled their beer in with milk cartons. Soon after, band member Bernhard Rapprich left the band as his conservative father did not want him "hanging around with a bunch of drunks" and was replaced by Andy Bulgaropulos.In 1984, Tankard signed to Noise Records. While they have built a fan base, they continue to have day jobs.