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Cardiknox on the Voice of America, August 2016.
Background information
OriginSeattle, United States
Years active2013–2018
LabelsWarner Bros.
Associated acts
  • Lonnie Angle
  • Thomas Dutton

Cardiknox was an American indie pop band. Formed in 2013, the duo consists of Lonnie Angle (vocals) and Thomas Dutton (backup vocals and keyboard). The group's singles have been reviewed by magazines and newspapers that have included Billboard, MTV, AV Club, and The Guardian. Cardiknox signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2015 and released their debut album Portrait in March 2016, reaching #13 on the Billboard Spotify Viral 50 chart with the song Wild Child.[1][2]


Both Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton grew up in the suburbs of Seattle. They were introduced through a mutual friend.[3] Angle was a theater major and singer, while Dutton was a musician and the lead singer of Forgive Durden. Dutton had written a concept album called Razia's Shadow, and the duo started working together to adapt it into an off-Broadway theater production with The Public Theater. The musical was a success, but the duo made the decision to leave it behind and form a band in 2013.[4][1][5] The band name is a play on Dutton's mother's maiden name of Cardinaux.[6][7]

Two of the band's singles made the Hype Machine Top 10 in 2013. Technicolor Dreaming became an "under-the-radar" hit,[8] with its video premiering on The A.V. Club.[9] With Technicolor Dreaming, the band moved in the direction of synth and 1980s sound.[6]

Throughout 2015, Cardiknox played at big festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, including Lollapalooza, Firefly, Sasquatch, Reading, Leeds, and Pukkelpop. The band signed with Warner Bros. Records.[1] In November, Cardiknox released "On My Way", a "dance-y pop banger". Its video, a mash-up of vintage fashion runway footage, was premiered by Vogue.[10]

Before releasing their debut album, Cardiknox published four singles from the album: Doors, On My Way, Wild Child, and Into the Night.[11] Wild Child hit #13 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.[2] After six months spent in Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood,[1] the album Portrait was released on 11 March 2016.[12] It was produced by Grammy-winning producer John Shanks[6] and the cover was designed by street artist Tristan Eaton.[13]

The band went on tour in early 2016, first touring with The Knocks and then joining Carly Rae Jepsen on her Gimmie Love Tour.[6] They also toured with Bleachers.[11]

On December 7th, 2018, the band released "Back in L.A." and announced on social media that it was the end of their work together.

Musical style[edit]

The music of Cardiknox has been described as "dance-pop". The duo cites Peter Gabriel, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Drake as influences.[1] Vogue commented that they "give the impression of having one foot in the indie world and one in the pop world. But they are leaning pop."[10] Angle herself described their sound as "indie, electronic, epic, cinematic, nostalgic, and even a little eighties-inspired."[14]

Portrait mixed 1980s beats with modern pop elements. The album has been described as "edgy and innovative", with "inventive and experimental" tracks.[3] The songs' subject matters include relationship breakup (Souvenirs), youthful rebellion (Wild Child), rejection (Doors), and family breakup (Shadowboxing).[14]

Reviewing the appearance of Cardiknox at CMJ Music Marathon, The Guardian described their sound as "glittering, skittering electro-pop (...) with songs in the vein of bands like Chvrches and The Naked and Famous."[15] Commenting their single Wasted Youth, MTV said Angle sounded "like a mix between Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira with an electro-pop/dub jones."[16]

The duo has very different musical backgrounds: Angle had classical piano training, while Dutton's first musical education was punk rock.[3]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
Billboard Spotify 50[2]
Hold me Down 2013 Non-album single
Technicolor Dreaming
Wasted Youth 2014
Doors 2015 Portrait
On My Way
Into The Night 2016
Wild Child 13
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Title Details
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Format: Digital download

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director
2013 Hold Me Down Non-album single David Kalani & Thomas Dutton
Technicolor Dreaming Thomas Dutton
2016 On My Way Portrait Edgar Obrand


  1. ^ a b c d e "Exclusive Interview with Recording Artist Cardiknox (Warner Bros. Records)". Jspace News. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Cardiknox: chart history". Billboard. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Catherine Baker (28 March 2016). "Cardiknox finds a new voice on 'Portrait'". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ Dacey Orr (29 September 2015). "Video Premiere: Cardiknox - "Doors"". Paste. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Cardiknox Recall Meeting While Making a Musical". 5 August 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Robbie Daw (12 February 2016). "Cardiknox Interview: The Synth-Pop Duo Discuss Making Debut Album 'Portrait' With John Shanks". Idolator. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  7. ^ Behind The Band: Cardiknox, Lonnie Angle explains the meaning of the band name (Lifeminute interview, posted to YouTube on Mar 4, 2016)
  8. ^ Ella Ceron (6 January 2016). "The Best New Music Video of the Year (So Far) Was Filmed In Just One Take". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  9. ^ Marah Eakin (1 November 2013). "Dive into the world of hand-drawn VHS art with a new video from Cardiknox". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  10. ^ a b Jacob Brown (3 November 2015). "Exclusive! Watch Cardiknox's Runway-Inspired New Video". Vogue. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b Jerry Nunn (1 March 2016). "It's a hard Cardiknox life for dance-music duo". Windy City Times. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  12. ^ Rachael Ciccone (22 March 2016). "Cardiknox: They're Back!". The Aquarian Weekly. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  13. ^ Luis Polanco (12 February 2016). "Listen to Carly Rae Jepsen Tourmates Cardiknox's Effervescent New Song 'Wild Child': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  14. ^ a b Tan The Man (8 March 2016). "Music Review: Cardiknox – 'Portrait'". Blogcritics. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  15. ^ Melissa Locker (17 October 2015). "CMJ 2015 day two and day three: Car Seat Headrest hit their stride". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  16. ^ Luke O'Neil (17 April 2014). "Why We Love Cardiknox's Song Of The Summer Front-Runner, 'Wasted Youth'". MTV. Retrieved 22 April 2016.

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