Inside Rob Schnapf's Mant Sounds Studio
Ants can lift five thousand times their body weight - an analogy Rob Schnapf uses to describe his studio. Small but powerful.
"[Rob] immediately had such poignant insight and really helped me understand how to walk forward from that time."
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"Rob was the perfect guy for this record," says Matt Caughthran, the band's lead vocalist and lyricist. "He's always the kind of guy who's right here whenever you need him. Whatever sound you're after, whatever idea you're chasing, he'll be the one who gets it over the line by going that little bit extra for it. He makes every song feel special. Not only is he an amazing guitar player, he also knows how to make everything sound incredible. This is my favourite sounding record that we've ever done, and that's absolutely up to him. He made this whole thing fun - I don't think we've had this much fun as a band since maybe the first El Bronx record, or even the very first Bronx record. I can honestly say none of the songs on this record were a pain in the arse to make." Caughthran laughs, concluding, "that's a first."
"He drew his languidly eclectic, '70s-ish style into its smoothest yet courtesy of producer Rob Schnapf."
"Pretty Pimpin' definitely had the most help from a producer. [Schnapf] is just a really good listener... the unplanned producer who called out of the blue, was the difference between a nightmare recurrence and getting the song on the record."
Elliot SmithRob appears in "Heaven
Adores You," the documentary about late singer-songwriter Elliott
Smith. Here's a clip:
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When it comes to Schnapf, [frontman Russell] Pollard said that he went above and beyond the role of producer. "He was our coach, our friend, our co-conspirator, our musical inspiration."