As reported in everywhere from Forbes to L.A. News Watch, The Chainsmokers have dropped a new single on us, the track ‘Sick Boy’. Having already broken the song worldwide as of this writing (it premiered on January 17th), The Chainsmokers continue their hot streak which began back in 2014 with ‘#Selfie’. With ‘Sickboy’, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart take a turn from their patented symbiosis of Top 40 and EDM to deliver a darker view than we have come to expect from them. It turns out that the highest-paid DJs of 2017 have a lot to ponder these days about what comes with their enviable position. Taggart sings lines like “Make no mistake, I live in a prison / That I build myself, it is my religion” and “Feed yourself with my life’s work / How many likes is my life worth?”, making it clear that things are no longer all coming up ‘Roses’ in Chainsmoker-Land.
Credit for the track is due to not only Pall and Taggart, but also their keyboardist Tony Ann. The songwriting fingerprints of powerhouse Emily Warren are on the tune as well. As you may recall, her relationship with the guys dates all the way back to their track with Tritonal, ‘Until You Were Gone’, back in 2015. Quadruple-threat producer, songwriter, DJ, and singer Shaun Frank takes a hand in stirring up the pot as well.
Thankfully, this change in direction doesn’t seem to have alienated many (if any) of their worldwide fans. The song has taken top radio positions all over the United States, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and more. According to the interview in Forbes, it appears we can expect even more topical tracks and sonic boundary-pushing from Pall and Taggart. Perhaps emboldened by the Grammy nomination for ‘1-800-273-8255’ for Song Of The Year (Drew was one of the songwriters of Logic’s smash about suicide prevention), it is clear that The Chainsmokers aren’t just going to rest on their laurels and keep pushing out what worked for them early in their career.