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The best kept secret in music


"Review of Drue's Ambient Fixtures by Zeitgeist"

Well the artist name suggested country music, the album title suggested new age flim flam. So, in the absence of any press bumph, I was not expecting a sophisticated set of melodic, contemporary adult rock.... Sometimes you just wonder why certain musicians don't get the breaks they so richly deserve. Maybe there is something in that whole karma thing after all. Because, based on this,Drue Nelson should have swooped into the whole Nickelback / Bon Jovi market, scooped it up, and wandered off with a few platinum discs and a trophy wife. Yes, a few of the songs aren't quite the finished article, but there are enough gems here to keep you happy with "No Excuse" top of the list. It's a crying shame that more folks haven't heard this. Don't make that mistake. Check out this vein of gold while it's still undiscovered. - Zeitgeist Magazine

"Review of Drue's Ambient Fixtures by Hybrid Magazine"

Interesting, very interesting... or at least that's what I thought when I first listened to Drue Nelson's album Ambient Fixtures. Formerly known as Eleven, this band from Alabama has been lighting up the southern part of the U.S. with their rock tour for sometime now. Now I see that they have quite a CD to take with them.

There were points where I almost got a little confused as to which genre of music this band was trying to be. At times you can hear a bit of old school or early 90's Jane's Addiction, such as in "No Excuse" or "Never Meant To Be". Then we get a little bit of rap added in with "Still See Stars" and "Sorry"; not quite sure if it fits with the sound of the album, but definitely mixes it up some. "Nothing I Won't Do" brought back more of that 90's sound and a little Sublime influence. Of course any rock album has to have the classic ballad to bring in all kinds of audiences and this album is no different. "Impossible" fit the bill nicely for Ambient Fixtures' ballad. Finally, this CD ended in a way I honestly would say I never would have thought. When the song "Can You Hear Me Now?" began playing, my feet started tapping. This song has a great beat and nice vocals that almost border on an almost country influence. Sometimes an artist's album has a story, a beginning and an end. In the case of Ambient Fixtures it has a different kind of beginning and it is this song that makes for a nice ending. "Can you hear me now?/Can you see me now?/Leaving" are very poetic lyrics for the last song. In the end, this album seemed like a battle between old school rock 'n' roll and new school alternative, very interesting.

-Rachel Fredrickson - Hybrid

"Review of Drue's Ambient Fixtures by Smother Magazine"

The album beings with an almost regae feel to the drums. In saunters the guitar and vocalist and you sit back letting the wave of pop rock flow over you like a warm tide. While much of the album is definitely laid-back, thereis a bit of punch to each song typically in a bridge or the chorus. A healthy stack of rock-n-roll standards comprise the verse but don't think for a second that this is derivative. Indeed, this is one hell of a great rock album.

J-Sin - Smother Magazine


Ambient Fixtures - Severe Records 2007

Singles released to radio:
"Takes My Breath Away" - 2006
"There Was a Girl" - 2007


Feeling a bit camera shy


"I don't have it all figured out," says 26-year-old singer Drue Nelson who fronts a quartet named after himself. "You learn so many things every day, and it's overwhelming sometimes trying to see how it all fits together. I'm starting to realize that each day is a different road and a different journey, and you don't have to have it all figured out; you don't have to have all the answers to everything right now."

One of the things Drue hasn't figured out is exactly how his band - which also includes bassist Steven Perdue, drummer Jon Reid, and (self-described "guitar guy") Josh Reeves - went from playing at a local bar to becoming a top touring act in the southeast college circuit as a cover band, to transferring and maintaining that success into an original focused group.

Perhaps even more incomprehensible is how this recently obscure Alabama-based act�s song, �Takes My Breath Away,� has sat at #1 on Garageband�s progressive rock charts for over a year and six months, despite the weekly thousands of submissions throughout this time. Drue, Josh, Jon, and Steven were equally incredulous at the reaction of an A&R agent for Columbia Records, who insisted that �out of all the 1000s of submissions he �had reviewed over the course of the year, their record was by far and away the best.� Although this major label did not present a material offer, Drue believes that current label home at, Severe Records was a �great choice.� He adds, �Severe Records aims to up-stream bands if appropriate, so why not? We are so proud of the success of Ambient Fixtures thus far on just an underground level, and we're infinitely grateful to have so many people hearing our songs, buying merch, and most importantly, singing the words back to us at shows. I really can't explain how it's all happening."

In fact, the quartet�s front man is hard-pressed to explain most of the unexpected twists his life has taken. His early years in Prattville, Alabama., for instance, would suggest an all-American boyhood, as �the preacher�s kid.� Tragically, the most significant event of his life was his Father�s early passing. As a Southern Baptist minister, Drue�s dad was a major inspiration to him. Drue admits to having little interest in music until after the incident and believes that �good does come from bad.� Ambient Fixtures is undoubtedly a tangible testament to his position.