The Optic Nerve, from Brooklyn, were an '80s '60s revival band. They stuck around for a couple of years during the mid-eighties, but it’s only now that their work is coming to light. It’s not however your standard '80s garage revival fare that’s for sure. If you’re expecting the usual screaming whirling farfisa and fuzz, then please be prepared for something very different.
A side 'Penelope Tuesday', is a bright, breezy, very pleasant psych-pop-folk number. Like taking a trip down to Carnaby Street on a sunny day. With a name like Penelope Tuesday, one could not really expect anything less.
B side 'Here To Stay' is a slower paced more ponderous affair, with harmonies reminiscent of Beatles / Byrds.
This particular single was released by State Records in September 2015, and (news, just hot off the press!) has voted as Best Single of 2015 by the writers of none other than Shindig! Magazine. I hear that there may be a full length retrospective released in 2016, so if that floats your boat check out their facebook page here for news.
Penelope Tuesday is a limited run of 500 7"s and is available from State Records.