How Cardiknox Journeyed From Pop-Punk to Theater to Synthpop: Alt In Our Stars Podcast

Jenny Regan
The Alt in Our Stars Podcast featuring: Cardiknox

The mid-2000s Warped Tour/emo scene produced some present-day rock stars (Fall Out Boy, Paramore) and put other alumni on the path toward pop stardom. Before hitting it big with Fun. and Bleachers, Jack Antonoff fronted an emo-folk band called Steel Train. Before he was Skrillex, Sonny Moore was leading the metalcore band From First to Last. Even Katy Perry played the Warped Tour before she really hit it big. This week’s Alt In Our Stars podcast spotlights Cardiknox, onetime members of the pop-punk scene, now navigating the pop world.

Our subjects are Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton. Ten years ago, their band Forgive Durden was with Fueled by Ramen records; it capped its run with a highly ambitious cult hit of a rock opera called Razia’s Shadow. Taking the album to the stage took its toll. So the pair recharged via a career pivot: millennial-friendly synthpop. 

“It’s just natural that your tastes evolve and change,” Angle tells host Chris Payne. “Being on a major label, everything takes time. When you write something, the world isn’t gonna hear it for a while. If you’re just chasing whatever’s hot at that moment, you’re already way behind the wave.”

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This March, we got their promising Warner debut Portrait, which saw them tour alongside the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and Phoebe Ryan. And like Angle says, these things take time. The Cardiknox music released this March was conceived much earlier. “We haven’t written for a while,” Dutton says. “We have some ideas bubbling, so we’re gonna spend the month in the studio writing.” 

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