“From the east side of America, where we chose pride over character and we can pick sides but this is us”. – The Chainsmokers (Sick Boy)
These chilling lyrics accompanied by an ambient soundscape have come from none other than America’s favorite Electronic Duo, the Chain Smokers.
Formed by Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart, the Chainsmokers are based out of New York City and since 2015 have produced multiple hit records accumulating billions of views on youtube. Although new to the scene the group has achieved decorated success winning a grammy, a mtv music award, multiple billboard awards as well as multiple #1 singles.
The Chainsmoker’s music has once been described by founding member Andrew Taggart as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop.” but I would suggest that anybody interested in getting an accurate representation of what this group sounds like just listen for themselves. Over the past two to three years the group has covered extensive ground proving themselves to be genuine creatives and pushing music as a whole forward.
The Chainsmokers have reportedly decided to go in a darker direction moving forward as can be heard in their new song “Sick Boy” which discusses the current state of American society and the disconnect of its citizens. Although this group in particular is not known for being political, the song deals with the large divide that the political landscape in America has created and also addresses the labels people give others who they disagree with (such as “sick”).
After the release of their single “Sick Boy” which is the first track released from their newest, EP which shares the same name, many were starting to assume that when the group said it is going in a “darker” direction they meant “more socially conscious” but since the Ep has been out since the end of April 2018 it’s probably best to just let the music speak for itself, have a listen.