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Cardiknox debut ‘Wild Child' video

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Jiro Schneider

Cardiknox’s “Into the Night” recently made EW’s list of the best songs of 2016 so far, but the synth-pop duo’s new single almost didn’t make their debut album. “Wild Child” was one of the first songs Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton wrote for this year’s Portrait, but the L.A.-based pair thought the track was perhaps, uh, too wild for the LP.

“When we turned the record in to the label, we submitted it as a B-side,” Angle tells EW. “The song almost felt a little too left field to fit in with the rest of the album, but once it circulated through the label, everyone loved it.”

Now, the band is showing the track extra love with a new music video—premiering on EW today—which crams about four music videos into one to show what goes on behind the scenes of a video set. Cardiknox is also taking over EW’s Snapchat (EWSnaps) today as they open for Phoebe Ryan’s “Boyz N Poizn” Tour, which touches down at New York’s Bowery Ballroom Wednesday.

“[The song] is not meant to be about the cliché wild child, someone who stays out all night and goes nuts—Thomas and I aren’t really those types,” Angle says. “It’s more about marching to the beat of your own drum, and doing whatever makes you happy, regardless of outside pressure to do otherwise.”

For their video shoot, that meant multiple costume changes, puppets of the band’s likeness, and some trips to the dunk tank, both voluntarily and not. “When we filmed the dunk tank scene, the lever got stuck and dunked me before anyone was ready,” Angle says. “So I ran off to blow dry my hair and quickly do it again. Luckily it wasn’t in vain, as both shots ended up making the video.”

Check out the dates for the “Boyz N Poizn” tour with Phoebe Ryan below, and follow EWSnaps on Snapchat today to get a glimpse of Cardiknox’s life on tour:

July 6: New York; Bowery Ballroom

July 7: Philadelphia; Boot & Saddle

July 8: Toronto; The Drake

July 9: Chicago; Schubas

July 10: Minneapolis; 7th Street Entry

July 12: Denver; Larimer Lounge

July 13: Salt Lake City; Kilby Court

July 15: San Diego; Casbah

July 16: Santa Ana, Calif.; Constellation Room

July 19: Los Angeles; The Troubadour

July 20: Santa Barbara, Calif.; Soho Music Club

July 21: Oakland, Calif.; The New Parish

July 23: Vancouver, B.C.; The Media Club

July 24: Seattle; Capitol Hill Block Party

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