The Chainsmokers have made a name for themselves with five songs reverberating throughout the country and onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart since their 2015 debut, “Roses.”
The duo is back with their most recent offering, “Sick Boy,” which in an interview with Forbes, member Drew Taggert says is the “first installment of this first new chapter [for] us.”
“Sick Boy” is The Chainsmokers’ first song in nearly a year. The group is used to pumping out new music almost monthly, but took the time to soak in the landscape around them when crafting their new music.
The video for “Sick Boy,” directed by Brewer, reflects the eerie tone of the song. Fire laces the piano that Alex Pall is playing and x-ray beams swirl about the set as Taggert delivers a dark message of introspection.
The song seems to be a critique of social media as it asks “How many likes is my life worth?” In the interview with Forbes, Taggert expresses concern over the generation of young adults growing up with the alternate reality of the internet. He says social media is helpful to some extent, but should be used with the right perspective.
Before “Sick Boy,” “Closer” was The Chainsmokers’ first song to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2016. The group continued their success with “Something Just Like This” and “Paris” reaching slots in the Top 10 a year later. But the group insists they do not get caught up in the chart placements. Instead, they say they focus on having fun and connecting with fans on a real level.
After dropping “Sick Boy,” The Chainsmokers promise new music, saying that they are continuing to establish Taggart as a vocalist, experiment with their sound and refine the message they are sending out into the world.