The Chainsmokers tackle several serious subjects in “Sick Boy,” the chart-topping twosome’s new single which hit the internet Wednesday along with an accompanying music video.
Andrew Taggert kicks off the track (above) singing about the cultural divide between the East and West sides of America before offering up a string of observations about narcissism, indifference, and the pitfalls of social media.
“Feed yourself with my life's work,” he croons. "How many likes is my life worth?”
The relatively somber track could be considered a departure of sorts for Andrew and his bandmate Alex Pall, whose previous hits—including “Something Just Like This” featuring Coldplay—are frequently poppy and upbeat.
Then again, writing upbeat songs might come easy when collaborating with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. When Andrew and Alex made their Stern Show debuts in 2017, they told Howard all about working with Chris on a song at his Malibu home. "[Chris] just danced around in the living room for like two and a half hours just kind of mumbling stuff to himself and he basically mumbled this entire song," Drew explained.
Listen to a clip from the Chainsmokers’ conversation with Howard (below) and check out their music video for “Sick Boy” (above).