When I was asked to do a review article on Final Drive I have to admit I was a bit nervous. I mean come on its Final Drive!
So, here goes everything…the first time I saw them was August 2014 at The HiTone in Memphis, TN and was blown away! The energy and enthusiasm of these guys was purely phenomenal! Plus they were all so super nice to me and the fact that I came greeting them with tons of little Krystal cheese hamburgers I’m sure had nothing to do with that, haha. But I have a tendency to spoil so they would soon find out. Their music feeds my soul, I feed their bellies.
I was pleasantly surprised months later with a message from my KOT brother, Mario Martinez, saying that Final Drive was open to playing my Halloween house party at The Garage in Harrisburg, AR and would I be interested. Would I??? I do believe I could have been heard clear around the world yelling “YES!” at the top of my lungs! The anticipation for October 18, 2014 to get here was almost unbearable as I awaited their arrival coming from Texas on their Run For Your Life Tour. The moment of their arrival was one of the happiest moments of my life! Everyone at the party was excited for the line up that night was Red Devil Lies from Little Rock AR, Cult Of The Flag from Memphis TN, Moment Of Fierce Determination from Little Rock AR and Final Drive from St. Louis MO. What more could you ask for in a melt your face off Halloween Costume Party to remember!
Final Drive’s performance is one that my guests are still talking about along with my neighbors who were two miles away and enjoying them! Now THAT’S what you call METAL!!! To watch each of them pour their blood, sweat and life’s work into a set is just overwhelming. The dedication in these men shows by the powerful force they put out. I have not known them long but they hold my highest respect as true diehard musicians who have gained a forever fan, metal sister and friend in me. Admiration for giving to music what music gives to me and so many others…life.
Final Drive is made up the awesome and humble personalities of Jordan Gaw, Nathan Easter, Chris Nanney, Raymond Tucker and Alex Wheeler all which make hosting a touring band an true honor. Can’t wait to have them back again! You are welcome in my home and to play The Garage anytime my brothers! METAL ON!
Stephanie Johnson-Terry-2014 ( photos by Stephanie Johnson-Terry) – Courtesy of :VQM Staff Reviews