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just arrived in the post from the ever ace State Records is the single by THE OPTIC NERVE



THE OPTIC NERVE "Penelope Tuesday" b/w "Here To Stay" (State Records THS—022)

Although born from the '80s New York garage scene, the Optic Nerve had nothing whatsoever in common with the movement other than their single-minded idealism to act as if the '80s and the synthesized music that surrounded them was not happening. Rather than using the blaring fuzz-tones and screaming "put down" anthems of the garage rock revival, they took the jangling motifs of the Byrds, the Beatles, and a hint of the mid-'60s protest singers to create a sound that, if spawned in 1965, may have brought them success. In the mid-'80s however, '60s-styled folk-rock was not a huge seller;even with fans of the neo-garage scene.

Acts like the Fuzztones, Cynics and Lyres may have achieved cult underground status, releasing a number of records between them and touring across Europe, but the Optic Nerve only released two singles during their brief existence and rarely played outside of Brooklyn. In mid January 2005, Bobby and Tony got together with Tom Ward [Gravedigger V, Nashville Ramblers] on bass and Mike Linn [Iron Gates] on drums to record an album’s worth of material, which, for a variety of reasons, never saw the light of day. Fast forward 10 years, and State Records are very pleased to be able to offer 2 of the best cuts from that proposed album, and what a pair of gems they are! ‘

Penelope Tuesday’ is instant summer hit material, a winning combination of the band’s trademark catchy riffs and joyous vocals, propelled by a bouncing, upbeat rhythm. The flipside, ‘Here To Stay’ shows the introspective, moodier side of the ‘Nerve, with a fragile, laid back approach—sparse, uncluttered, perfect.

Limited edition (500-copies) vinyl single—the 1st 250 copies are presented in a special machine-numbered fully-laminated flipback picture sleeve, this will be one of them!!

Posted by Heavy Soul Records on 21 September 2015 15:55

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