Final Drive is an American metal band from St. Louis Missouri, Formed in October 2001 by guitarist Nathan Easter, guitarist Chris Nanney and vocalist Jordan Gaw. The current lineup of the band comprises Gaw, Nanney, Easter, drummer Alex Wheeler, and bassist Ray Tucker.
Final Drive’s sound is described as a mix between Every Time I Die and Pantera. A southern style groove metal with thrash metal speed and feel. Final Drive has released 3 Full Length Albums, 1 EP, 1 Remix Album and Multiple singles. Final Drive is most known for their appearance on MTVs Battle for Ozzfest, sharing the stage with larger touring acts such as Soulfly, Chimaira and Scar the Marytr and their high energy live performances.
In March of 2003 Final Drive recorded their first group of songs at The Maple Room Studios. Early 2004 Final Drive recorded their album “Good Things Come to Those Who Refuse to Wait” at Tiny Apertures in St.Louis Missouri. After completion of the recordings on “Good Things” Chelsea Muckerman joined the group on Bass. In 2004, Final Drive was chosen to be 1 of 8 bands to battle for a spot on Ozzfest 2005 on the MTV produced television show “The Battle for Ozzfest”. Newly added bassist Chelsea Muckerman was chosen by the show to represent the band and was filmed during Ozzfest 2004.
In October 2004 Final Drive released “Good Things Come to Those who refuse to Wait” and Final Drive went on to tour extensively through 2004/2005 in support of “Good Things”.
In May of 2005 Chelsea Muckerman and Final Drive parted ways and Final Drive entered Firebrand Studios to record their second album“The Firebrand Sessions”. From these sessions Final Drive released a split with theRend, which included 3 new songs from the upcoming album and toured the west coast in support. Jordan Gaw and Final Drive self produced the remaining work on “The Firebrand Sessions” and Digitally released it in 2007.
Final Drive went on to self produce and record the album “Under the Overpass of America”, touring and promotion followed. Under the Overpass of America marks the first release from Final Drive to hit iTunes and the other digital markets. Touring continued for the support of “Under the Overpass of America” .
In January 2011, Final Drive released the “IRON TIDES EP”, which includes recordings created during 2009-2011.
2012 marked the offical 10 year anniversary of the band. Most of the year was spent regionally touring, writing and tracking for Final Drive’s next full length release. Final Drive has begun releasing singles from the next full length studio record and touring extensively in support a video for the new single “Buried in You” has been released via YouTube.
Final Drive is:
Nathan Easter - Guitar [on facebook]
Chris Nanney - Guitar [on facebook]
Jordan Gaw - Vocals [on facebook] [on twitter]
Alex Wheeler - Drums [on facebook]
Ray Tucker - Bass [on facebook]