The latest musical offering from The Chainsmokers might be just as catchy as their previous singles, but the message behind the music is much deeper and offers an insight into what the artists are currently living through. To look at them from the outside, many people would assume that Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have a perfect life. With their new single Sick Boy, the duo are letting fans and critics alike know what it is like to be famous in the modern age and the issues they experience as a result.
Sick Boy talks about the perils of modern fame, including social media addiction and narcissism. Many people put forward an image of having it all together on social media channels, but they are inwardly struggling with their reality. This is equally true of famous people who seem to have it all, like The Chainsmokers. This new normal inspired the lyrics of the song.
These insightful lyrics are a different approach for The Chainsmokers, who have been known for songs that keep the party going all night long. Their first hit single #Selfie made fun of the popularity of social media among the club going set, but it did not offer much insight on the boys themselves. At this time, most of the music the duo made fell into the dance or electronica genre and focused more on the beat and music than the lyrics. With the hit singles Closer, Something Just Like This and Don’t Let Me Down, the duo became one of the most successful acts worldwide. Initially, the media reported more on the lifestyle of the duo, which include plenty of wild parties. However, with their ongoing success, the duo has now proven to be more than just a flash in the pan.
With the release of Sick Boy, fans are able to understand more about who The Chainsmokers really are and how fame has impacted them.