· By John Frazier
Welcome Schematic to the Spartan Family!
We are proud beyond belief to announce the signing of Schematic. After a very successful decade fronting the beloved indie-powerhouse Mae, Dave Elkins packed his bags and relocated to Nashville for the start of something new. With four LP's, three EP's, and over half a million album sales under his belt worldwide, Elkins longed to refine his approach to making records, to experiment with the unknown. The result emerged under the moniker Schematic, and in the form of a brilliant and breathtakingly complex record, Color (n.) Inside The Lines.
Sonically, Schematic draws heavily from Elkins' progressive pop leanings, but delves into a new territory of experimentation with compelling grooves, interweaving time signatures, and unique instrumentation. In addition to Elkins' adept handiwork, the record features a veritable dream team of producers and contributors. With additional engineering and production by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Lovedrug); co-writes by Stephen Christian (Anberlin) and Mark Padgett (Mae); and guest musical appearances by Jeremy Lutito (Leagues), Chase Lawrence (Coin), and Eleanor Denig, Color (n.) Inside The Lines was a process of diverse brilliant collaboration.
Spartan will release Schematic's debut full-length album Color (n.) Inside The Lines at digital retailers on December 3rd and at select indie retailers on CD and 2xLP for Record Store Day's "Black Friday" on November 29th.
Pre-order the album now on limited edition gatefold double vinyl and CD or as a digital download at the Spartan Records store here! Three different vinyl variants and several different bundles are available are available. Every pre-order also includes a full-album download on December 3rd that includes 3 bonus tracks. Listen to the first single "Stand" now at USA Today and then pre-order your copy now.