Option 30 was a New wave band from the early 1980s founded by Timothy K. ("TK") Smith on guitars and vocals, Jim Nordstrom on bass and saxophone, and Todd Nero on drums. The band also featured a young Trent Reznor on keyboards and lead vocals.
Option 30's style was similar to that of Falco and early albums by The Police. The band managed to record one demo (see below) before Reznor left for The Innocent then onto Exotic Birds and finally, forming his own band, Nine Inch Nails. The demo was shelved until after the success of Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral, when it was re-released.
The band performed at clubs in and around Northwestern and Central Pennsylvania, and Northern Ohio as often as three times a week. After Reznor departed, the band continued on as a power trio with Smith on lead vocals. At this point, the band began performing a number of additional original songs penned by Smith and Nordstrom. Option 30 broke up in 1986.
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