Having established themselves as one of the top touring cover bands in the southeast college circuit, Drue Nelson and his Alabama-based band, consisting of bassist Steve Perdue, drummer Jon Reid and self-described "guitar-guy" Josh Reeves, began to use their success as a platform to promote their own original material and have now become a huge phenomenon in their own right. Their debut album Ambient Fixtures offers a look into their own distinct sound: simple, organically raw and starkly different from those classic 80s tunes covered in frats. "Our record deals a lot with self-discovery and breaking out of whatever your parents or boss or whoever thinks you should be," says Drue. "It's about trying to figure out for yourself who you're supposed to be - your purpose - while not being afraid to vent against the irritants - you know - the frustrations." While reluctant to discuss the songs and their lyrics in detail, Drue feels that they are infinitely open to interpretation. "That's the great thing about a song - a lyric may mean something totally different for someone else than it does for me and still be just as legitimate" he insists. "A case in point is one of the crowd favorite's 'Still See Stars.' We've been playing it on tour and when kids come up after the show, it seems like they always tell us how much they love the song. They don't really know what it's about but they hear something in it that connects to them personally. That's why you don't have to give the whole picture in lyrics; you give a road to start on that people can relate to." Ambient Fixtures definitely offers listeners such avenues they can connect to, like their popular single "Takes My Breath Away," which sat at #1 on Garageband's progressive rock charts for over a year and a half. "Although we had to bite the bullet and push ourselves as a cover band just to make ends meet, the imaginary line between cover and original has definitely blurred and now even the cover lovers won't let us off stage without playing the songs on the record." Surely, however, with his continual display of incredible music talent and charisma on the stage, it won't be long before all they want is Drue.