For the past two years, The Chainsmokers have been hitting the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on a regular basis with hits like, “Roses”, Grammy Award winning, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “Closer”, “Paris”, and “Something Just Like This” with Coldplay. With that kind of hit-making success, they have high hopes for their just released single, “Sick Boy”.
The first release in nine months, “Sick Boy” changes direction for the duo in that it is darker than their previous turn outs. It is their freshman release from their forthcoming album still yet to be titled. (See: Chainsmokers on Beatport: The Chainsmokers)
The duo is made up of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart who met in 2012 while The Chainsmokers were being reformed. Two years later, with their sound that combines indie, pop and dance, they had their first chart success with “#Selfie”.
When asked about the meaning of the song, Taggart states that it points to kids growing up in the day of Instagram and Facebook. What was once meaningless and trivial has now become so important and takes priority. Taggart also states that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Taggart hopes that kids will take note of what is said in these new songs from Chainsmokers. Taggart wants listeners to start thinking about the way they interact and handle reality.
According to Taggart, “Sick Boy” is a just a song that describes how is feels to be living in the world today. It is hoped that listeners will take this song (and songs from their upcoming album) to heart and be able to relate to it in their own personal way.
Time will tell if the public agrees with this new “dark side” of The Chainsmokers. “Sick Boy” reached number sixty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is currently dropping off the chart. Go Here for more information.