02. THE OPTIC NERVE - 'Ain't That A Man' (Cryptovision CR 800) 1986
If you dig fragile vocals/harmonies with jangly folk rock melodies look no further than this New York band of mop-tops. They formed in late 1985 and during the following year released their first single on Cryptovision.
They were also a good 'haircut band' (as I used to call some bands) with a cool mid 60s Sunset Strip image (very important when you're young and starting out)...and fortunately for them they had the songs to match their poses.
The band on this debut release contained Bobby Belfiore (lead vocals/guiar), Tony Matura (lead guitar), ex Outta Place member Orin Portnoy (bass) and Frank Manlin (drums).
The Optic Nerve managed to get three songs on this cheap and nasty release..this is by far the shittiest vinyl I've probably seen and must weigh no more than a handful of mouse droppings.
songs on 45:
'Ain't That A Man' (Belfiore), 'Happy Ever After' (Belfiore) and 'Mayfair' (Matura)