Today, The Chainsmokers have a generous following, but that wasn’t always the case. Like any band, they had to start somewhere and they played their share of low-rent gigs, before getting their first single on the charts. That song was “Roses” and it debuted in 2015, launching the band into a successful run that still endures today.
“Sick Boy” Takes The Chainsmokers on a Darker Turn
The band is comprised of just two core members, music producers Alex Pall and Drew Taggart. Together, they have a string of hits that includes “Closer,” which remained in the number 1 spot for a solid 12 weeks.
The question now facing The Chainsmokers is whether or not fans will be just as taken with their new sound.
Drew admitted that the nine month break, leading up to the release of “Sick Boy,” is the longest they have gone without putting out a new song. Over the past two years, The Chainsmokers have consistently released a new song every month or so. He added that the break may help fans adjust to their new sound. Previously, The Chainsmokers have kept things fairly light with lyrics that addressed the concerns of their generation. Many of their songs have had romantic themes, as well. The new album, beginning with “Sick Boy,” gets away from that.
The Chainsmokers’ New Music Reflects Society
The Chainsmokers’ music has always reflected the times, so Taggart says it was necessary to go darker. Current events have put a dark spin on our society, so Taggart admits that influenced their new music. Additionally, personal frustration and anger affected the songwriting process. The duo had no other outlet, as they watched the media infer facts about them and spread gossip as truth. Taggart recalls feeling frustrated, because neither he nor Alex Pall had any way to offer a rebuttal. Their new album does that for them.
“We realized we just need to put our reaction to all of that kind of stuff, both the crazy and the criticism, into the music,” said Taggart.
In addition to exploring personal anger and dark political themes, “Sick Boy” is largely about hoe important social media has become. Sites like Instagram emphasize physical beauty and popularity. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, Taggart says it can drive feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. That’s a problem that he hopes “Sick Boy” will help people address.