All These Long Drives
After years of keeping his music under wraps and performing only for his household appliances, Andy Flynn began to unfurl his indie-pop vision to the world under the name Duplomacy. Years of monastic musical focus paid off. After gathering some of the best results of his home-recordings, Flynn sent them off to TW Walsh, a renowned recording engineer and member of indie favorites Pedro the Lion. Sometimes you get what you hope for, and Walsh's reaction was immediate and enthusiastic. He loved the music and brought Flynn out to Boston to record Duplomacy's sparse and stunning self-titled EP in 2004. Though the EP never really went to press, a few copies were sent to publications and musicians. Reactions were similar to Walsh's, and feature articles and offers to hop on bills soon arrived. The positive reaction to his first "professional" venture led Flynn to reconsider his one-man-band approach. Old friends quickly hopped onboard to help Duplomacy blossom on stage. Adam Egerdahl started on drums but migrated to his native guitar, being replaced by Judd Hildreth of Valet. With P.A. Corts at the keys, Erik Dahl of The Field joined on bass and things were underway. The evolution from a one-man to a full band also changed the nature of Duplomacy's sound, pushing Flynn's simple melodic style toward the fuller, more dynamic, impacting sound captured on All These Long Drives. Engineered by Jon Tranberry (Dillinger 4, Valet, The Plastic Constellations) in the outer reaches of the Twin Cities at OBT Studios, the record was mixed by Brad Kern* (Semisonic, Dan Wilson, The Hang Ups, The Owls), and mastered by Tom Garneau* (Mason Jennings, Mike Doughty, The Breeders, Prince, George Clinton).