Final Pilots is a solo project by Gavin Wray. Blending guitars, loops, synthesizers, found sounds and beats to craft sonic stories set in a world of pastoral havens, dystopian metropolises and pan-continental guardian biker gangs, the first album Brinkmann Flag was released in 2017. It features ten instrumental tracks narrating the adventures of a space- and time-jumping reluctant superhero with fantastic hair, fashion sense and a two-wheeled petrol monster, who protects a confused and dysfunctional Earth population from fracking itself to smithereens.
The Cebrenia EP released in March 2019 features five tracks of psych rock, electronica, cop show jazz flute and a Martian tour guide.
Final Pilots' music draws on psych rock, Mancuniana, fuzzed-out garage, electronica, sci-fi, Michael Mann’s Los Angelean nightscapes and J.G. Ballard. Musical influences include The Chemical Brothers, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Aloft, Death In Vegas, God Is An Astronaut, the J. B.’s, Minor Victories, Johnny Marr, Jeff Beck, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation, and The Lucid Dream.
Gavin's lifelong obsession with music began as a teenager in Stockport, listening to Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley on the Evening Session, Paul Jones’s rhythm and blues show, and Alan Freeman’s The Rock Show. Following a two-year stint as guitarist for Stockport indie band Slaphappy, he moved to Hull in 1996. There he joined The Emus on guitar, worked as a sound engineer at the University of Hull and was a resident DJ at the University's alternative/indie nights.
In 1998, he co-founded Satisfaction - a soul, funk and retro pop night - a legacy which continued in Hull until 2012, after Gavin moved to Birmingham in 2001. In 2004, he performed with Frank Sidebottom (the late Chris Sievey) at Variety is Back!, and played guitar with roots/rockabilly band Rhino and the Ranters from 2013 to 2015.