Released in January 2018, ‘Sick Boy’ came into play as the next phase of dynasty duo The Chainsmokers’ Alex Paul and Drew Taggart’s career. The Chainsmokers a popular EDM-Pop DJ duo had appeared to take a hiatus after not releasing a song in over nine months to create a darker and more mature project. The change of pace comes from the duo conscience growth and wanting to bring something more significant to this generations pains through powerful lyrics and an intense melody. In a recent interview with Hugh McIntyre from Forbes Magazine, Taggart the groups lead singer states “Sick Boy” is the first installment of the duo’s growth as artist and as people.
After breaking onto the scenes in 2014 with the top twenty single “#Selfie” following up with hits like “Roses”, “Don’t Let Me Down” and their Billboard Charts number-one single “Closer”, The Chainsmokers were well on their way to a record breaking career before taking almost a year’s break from releasing a new song. Listeners wondered what to expect from the group after such an unexpected pause. Then it happened, in January 2018 a new, dark and unfamiliar sound emerged from the group with its release of “Sick Boy.” The song is said to enlighten and address what it’s like to be alive while facing the darkness of what individuals from this generation are dealing with today. “Sick Boy” is just the tip of the iceberg for where the duo’s style and message is presently heading.
Pushing themselves lyrically, “Sick Boy” is the first of many gutsy dance tracks that raises the bar addressing the stipulations and results of being excessively involved with social media. The duo’s personal growth inspired thought provoking lyrics such as “feed yourself with my life’s work, how many likes is my life worth.” The stanzas are a powerful introduction as to what direction the Chainsmokers’ music is moving toward. Avid listeners and newbies to their sound can expect to hear more of this dark yet melodic style on their up and coming projects.