The Chainsmokers (Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart) released their upcoming new album’s first single called “Sick Boy” that asks the timely existential question – “How many likes is my life worth?”
The song’s video features the EDM duo along with guest drummer Matt McGuire. The track contains the same contagious beat they’re known for, but their lyrics have become dark and serious – a noticeable departure from the romantic words of their previous hits and collaborations.
Alluding to the current political divide in the US, vocalist Drew Taggart sings, “I’m from the East side of America / Where we choose pride over character / And we can pick sides but this is us, this is us, this is / I live on the West side of America / Where they spin lies into fairy dust / And we can pick sides, but this is us, this is us, this is… “
They also throw shade at the narcissism and hate-laced discussions in social media. The verse goes, “And don’t believe the narcissism / When everyone projects and expects you to listen to ’em / Make no mistake, I live in a prison / That I build myself, it is my religion / And they say that I’m the sick boy / Easy to say, when you don’t take the risk, boy / Welcome to the narcissism / We’re united under our indifference.”
The Chainsmokers were one of the five most-streamed artists on Spotify in 2017.