Review: The Chainsmokers release new songs, sound is more aggressive


One of the screens for The Chainsmokers’ performance on the “Memories…Do Not Open” tour on May 18, 2017 at the Scottrade Center.
Photo by Megan Courtney


The Chainsmokers, who are known for songs such as “Closer” and “Something Just Like This” have released three new songs that are the complete opposite of upbeat.

Their sound, which is usually light-hearted and fast-paced, has changed noticeably to being more aggressive, which matches the lyrics and tone of the songs. iTunes has even listed the duo as “emo-pop” for their genre.

The first of the songs on the three-song album, “Sick Boy…Everybody Hates Me,” is called “Everybody Hates Me,” which is related to hate that the band has received in the past.

In the song, singer Andrew Taggart dishes on what it’s like to be in the spotlight with lyrics such as “Everyone knows what I look like, not even one of them know me,” and “I’m just trying to stay normal now that they know what my name is.”

“You Owe Me” is the next song on the album and it is a diss at the media as well as friends that the duo considers fake.

In the lyric “But there’s something that the papers forgot. every time I read them, I know I feed them,” the papers that are mentioned in the media and every time Taggart “reads” them, he encourages them to keep writing about them.

Also in the song, Taggart calls out his friends for not reading said papers and only being friends with them because they are famous.

Lastly on the album is a song that continues the duo’s new sound. It is called “Sick Boy,” and according to lyric website Genius, the song is about figuring out who one truly is while living in a world that is obsessed with social media.

The lyric “feed yourself with my life’s work, how many likes is my life worth?” is in reference to the band putting their music on the internet for likes and fame when they began their career as DJs.

While the switch from cheerful, optimistic instrumentals to more personal, raw ones is different on the ears, The Chainsmokers still incorporate one of the things that made them who they are – the infectious and energetic instrumentals by using turntables in their songs.