BEST INDIE POP: CARDIKNOX - BAD BOYS

9/21/17
Cardiknox - Bad Boys

Cardiknox released one of the many underrated albums of 2016, Portrait. Now they're back—reborn after parting from Warner Bros. Records—with a drizzling of singles.

Inspired by their parents' enviable record collections, the latest release is called "Bad Boys" and it's a return to decades past. It's a free flowing guitar-happy nod to the '70s dance notes. "Bad Boys" emanates those kinds of funky notes that make it easy to imagine duo Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton gyrating alongside John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. 

 

CARDIKNOX - BAD BOYS

soundcloud The melody isn't the only facet that reminds us of an evening out either; we've all been there—awake in the latest hours after an evening out. Following a rotation of could-be partners, we're left feeling broken down and yearning for another person's touch. After a quick scroll in our digital phone books, we call on the ones that we know are bad for us—that's exactly what the Seattle-born native sing about on this jam. While Thomas provides the beat, Angle sings in her smooth, effervescent tone about her late-night bad decisions. Angle reflects on repeat: "And I give you my love/ but my love ain't enough for you."

The duo has already toured with party-starting acts like Carly Rae Jepsen and The Knocks, and performed at festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, so we're hopeful "Bad Boys" will be performed live soon. That chorus would be too good an opportunity for a call-and-response moment to be left off the set list.