The Chainsmokers have already released a new single for 2018 and it is called “Sick Boy”. Possessing a catchy tune, the masterful soundscapes the duo is known for, and that catchy beat it is easy to see the song as typical EDM. “Sick Boy” is anything but that. The song carries a serious message, on that focuses on our present society. Specifically, the song points a finger at social media and says, “Bad”. The song touches on the dependency for social media, the pressure it creates, and how it traps identity. The song alludes to the frustration of celebrity in the thrall of overexposure on social media. It is the latest incarnation in the duo’s quest to form their identity, and it will be part of a series that carries a darker tone than their previous music. Alex Pall was interviewed recently and spoke about the groups decision to change their sound.
“We decided early on that we did not want to make dance music anymore” Pall stated. Both he and Taggart have gone on record many times with this claim. It is evident in their style that the duo has worked hard to separate themselves from typical EDM. For one thing Andrew Taggart has been singing lead vocals since the 2016 release of “Closer”. Most EDM bands leave vocalization up to other artists, preferring to remain behind the booth. Pall and Taggart on the other hand are trying to leave the booth behind. The duo is also heavily involved in the songwriting aspect of their work. “We meet every day and work on our identity as artists,” Pall says, “We are very observant about what is going on around us”. The news direction the Chainsmokers are taking is born out of a desire to produce something with substance. Pall stated that he did not want to make an album of eclectic dance tunes, but rather a connected body of work. As the Chainsmokers are still relatively young to the mainstream, having been relevant for only four years now, the duo is still struggling to find themselves.