The Chainsmokers burst onto the mainstream music scene in 2015 with the song “Roses” which gave them their first top ten single. This duo is made up of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart and they have taken the music scene by storm with their edgy and some might say addictive brand of techno music. The Chainsmokers followed up the first top ten song with further hits Paris and in a collab with Coldplay on the song Something Like This. Usually trying to follow up the success can be a daunting task as a band tries to keep churning out similar sounding songs. However The Chainsmokers took a different route.
The song Sick Boy which came out earlier this year is the first taste of this band’s new and darker sound. Hugh McIntyre from Forbes.com spoke with Pall and Taggart before a show they performed earlier this year to discuss the new song, and the darker sound. AFter not putting out music for nine months, The Chainsmokers surprised their fans and the music industry by releasing a song that was just a taste of the story they hope to tell with the darker tunes.
Not only is the sound different, but the band has grown up a lot in the last few years and this is a reflection of how that growing up has changed them. The darker sound was shaped by anger and frustration at how they were portrayed. The band feels like with how present social media is to just about everyone these days had made it so that no one gets a whole look at a person, and they want to use music as a way for people to relate to each other better and more completely than what is shown through glimpses of online profiles and actions.
The Chainsmokers hope that Sick Boy and the songs that follow it will help people see that we can relate to each other better. Music is a great way for people to relate to each other and express themselves to each other, and The Chainsmokers hope that their music can help achieve a more connected community.