The Chainsmokers’ New Drug
On January 17, 2018, The Chainsmokers captivated both their already loyal fans and anyone who was passing by with their new single: Sick Boy, a dance-rock track that may signal a new darker era for The Chainsmokers’ music. Not like the title would suggest, Sick Boy doesn’t delve into the sickness of any physical disease but one that often plagues us through society with the plague being our identity crisis we often suffer through via social media exposure. The group explains that narcissism is something they often see when browsing through social media and has become a necessary evil when it comes to communicating in this world. You can tell this is a track that they are really proud of and excited to share with fans and people just listening for the first time.
The Chainsmokers were first formed by Alex Pall and Rhett Bixler but was then later reformed with Andrew Taggart replacing Bixler. The Chainsmokers got started back in 2012 but had a public breakthrough in 2014 with their song: #Selfie and have since been making popular songs, with “Closer” becoming their first #1 single and “Don’t Let Me Down” winning a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. The duo has also won two American Music Awards and five IHeartRadio Music Awards.
When it comes to their music, what Taggart describes is an eclectic mix of genres. While their songs are mostly classified as EDM, they often have a mixture of indie, pop, and hip-hop in their songs and their songs clearly demonstrate this mixture. Artists like DeadMau5 are musical inspirations for them and even as a kid, Taggart became a fan of EDM through artists such as Daft Punk and David Guetta. The Chainsmokers have become a staple when it comes to this generation of music much like Duran Duran for the 80s and Tupac for the 90s and with the release of their new single “Everybody Hates Me“, it’s clear that the Pall and Taggart aren’t slowing down anytime soon.