Ken Anderson

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Ken Anderson plays drums on the entire Forever and a Day album by The Optic Nerve, as well as portions of the Lotta Nerve collection. Both albums were released well after the band was defunct, the latter…
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Ken Anderson plays drums on the entire Forever and a Day album by The Optic Nerve, as well as portions of the Lotta Nerve collection. Both albums were released well after the band was defunct, the latter a good 15 years after this Brooklyn band emerged on the greater New York psychedelic scene in 1985. Both albums were collections of demos the group had recorded in its attempts to interest various major and minor labels in the acid rock resurgence. Anderson and company's music was highly influenced by the folk-rock and country stylings of The Byrds and Creedence Clearwater Revival, and while there is often regret expressed that The Optic Nerve was unable to find a wide audiece during its existence, critics have said little about the authentic rhythmic stylings of Anderson.

The lack of a genuine rhythmic pulse is perhaps the most common flaw when it comes to any kind of retro or revival movement in rock; '80s psychedelic bands were likely to come up with a ham-handed interpretation of the beat, just like lame bar bands tend to hobble through Chuck Berry with lead boots on. Neither complaint could be made about The Optic Nerve, at least when busy cutting demos that companies would not like at the time. Frank Manlin and Greg Clark were subsequent drum replacements in the band, continuing the high standard sset by Anderson. The band reformed for a performance at Cavestomp in New York in 2000, but Anderson does not seem to have been that active musically since the early '90s.