The latest release from the pop group The Chainsmokers, “Sick Boy”, has a darker, more sinister sound than what we are used to from Electronic Dance Music powerhouse. The lyrics in past hits for the duo of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have always hit on current issues both personal and social, and the lyrics to “Sick Boy” are no different. Their latest release though, sounds angrier than the songs that put The Chainsmokers on the map.
Originally The Chainsmokers consisted of Alex Pall and DJ Rhett Bixler. When Bixler left in 2012 Pall was introduced to Drew Taggart by their manager Adam Alpert. At the time they were mainly remixing songs from indie bands, until in the same year they collaborated with Priyanka Chopra on the single “Erase”. Since then it’s been a series of one hit after the other.
The Chainsmokers can never be considered slackers. Their fans have gotten used to them putting out a new song almost every month. “Sick Boy” though was released nearly nine months after their last release. The work they put into it shows where they are musically and personally.
When asked in a recent interview by Hugh Mcintyre why the lyrics to “Sick Boy” are noticeably darker than past songs, Taggart responded, “Honestly, frustration. A little bit of anger”. “Sick Boy” is about the social media world we live in and how it has created legions of narcissists. Lines in the song such as…
“Feed yourself with my life’s work. How many likes is my life worth?”
…hit at the heart of the frustration and anger felt by Pall and Taggart and anyone else who feels overwhelmed and consumed by social media. Taggart goes on to say “We think about how we relate to the world now with social media, and how much your projecting. You can only tell so much of a story there, too”
“Sick Boy” doesn’t point fingers or make excuses for the evils that social media can create, it’s about how we handle the responses we get when we put an opinion out there.
“Make no Mistake, I live in a prison. That I built of my own religion”.