The Chainsmokers broke onto the music scene in 2014, and with their most recent single, “Side Effects,” their career shows no signs of slowing. The Chainsmokers formed in 2012 and is comprised of two DJs, Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Their music has featured a wide variety of artists, from DJ Tiesto, Halsey, and Daya, to Priyanka Chopra and Phoebe Ryan. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of artists from all over the world, the musical stylings of this pair are eclectic, upbeat, and mesmerizing. The style was described by bandmate Taggart as “blurring the lines between indie, pop music, dance music, and hip-hop.” It is perhaps this very energy that launched the duo into success a mere two years after their formation. With hits like “Closer,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Roses” on their roster, “Side Effects” is the fifth single released in 2018 and is leaving fans hungry in anticipation for their next Album, Sick Boy.
“Side Effects” features a mid-tempo intro with a heavy bass line, the vocals by Emily Warren pair with the beat in a way that invokes the romance present in the nightlife. The video stars Camila Mendes, an actress known for her role as Veronica on the CW series Riverdale. Mendes plays an employee named Riley, who after receiving the news that she will be working on the weekend, rips off her uniform and explodes into dance throughout the hotel. We see Riley dance in front of a few background characters, from the couple making out in the pool, to the stuffy security guard in the hotel halls. The video ends with daylight barely rising, and Riley slowly walking away from the hotel.
Although the song and video themselves are both very brief, the combination of fast-paced music with the gleeful energy of the main character work to create an infectious party song. The video is something any young, disgruntled twentysomething can relate to after a busy work week, and the song truly encompasses the spirit of The ChainSmokers‘ music-lively, upbeat, and ready to bust away from the typical day-to-day drivel. With tracks like this, The Chainsmokers have secured their spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, and it looks like the band is here to stay.