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Like it or not, Chainsmokers play catchy music

Like it or not, Chainsmokers play catchy music

At the TU Center on Friday night
Like it or not, Chainsmokers play catchy music
Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers.

The bros of electronic dance music are coming to the Capital Region. 

Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers are slated to beat out the Times Union Center on Friday, April 21.

The duo released their first full album earlier this month, a few months after winning a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording. 

If you’ve never heard of them, you might not be in their target demographic. The duo are all over social media, making videos of their journey into the limelight and occasionally stirring up trouble on Twitter. They’ve also been in the media recently for their appearance on "Saturday Night Live."  

Their brand of music is full of vaguely romantic lyrics (”You look as good as the day I met you/ I forget just why I left you/ I was insane,” from “Closer”) paired with EDM beats. It’s the type of music heard at college parties and dance clubs, although you could probably hear some of their songs in a local supermarket. 

Since their start in 2012, they’ve gone from making headlines to being punchlines.

Their first big hit, “#Selfie,” started out as a free download that parodied young women on Instagram who frequently take selfies. It’s a knowingly obnoxious song and one that the duo tried to separate themselves from shortly after releasing it.

When they took #Selfie to American Idol as guest stars on the show, the performance was a bit of a disaster and is perhaps their biggest regret, according to an interview with Forbes. 

However, in a sense, it seems like they’ve been able to escape the cringe-worthy joke. With songs like “Closer,” “Roses,” “Paris,” and “Something just like this,” they’ve been in the Top 10 on Billboard’s pop music charts for the past few months.

At their concerts and through various videos the duo creates about their careers, they refer to themselves as frat boys (despite the fact that they’re both above typical college-aged frat boys). Pall told Billboard magazine  “Like,”Why am I trying to make all this money?’ I wanted to hook up with hotter girls. I had to date a model.”

They’ve also gotten into a bit of trouble by dissing Lady Gaga’s single “Perfect Illusion” on Twitter. Gaga fans immediately began tweeting in her defense and The Chainsmokers eventually tweeted “RESPECT” when Gaga herself responded to their initial tweet. 

Their first album “Memories . . . Do Not Open,” was met with tough criticism from Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone. On the album, Pall and Taggart go a little deeper into their own lives, opening with an apology to a past lover. They team up with Coldplay’s Chris Martin for a song about new love. 

For some music reviewers, the album only proved the worst suspicions about the duo: they’re a narcissistic duo with more self-confidence than talent. 

But listeners disagree. The Chainsmokers’ frequently play sold out shows and although the duo didn’t make Forbes’ Top Ten Highest Paid DJ’s for 2016, they’re a contender for next year’s list, according to the magazine. On Youtube, their videos have millions (some have billions) of views and their songs remain in the top ten of the pop charts. 

So why? Spin Magazine claim that the duo may have made a new formula for pop/EDM  that has taken over the genre. It’s catchy, with one or two guest singers (usually female) and maybe one or two instrumental phrases per song. The build up is the same in most of their songs, the only thing that separates them is the outro, according to Vice. 

Simply put: The Chainsmokers’ make catchy songs that people can’t seem to get out of their heads. Songs that will probably get stuck in the heads of hundreds of Capital Region residents well after the concert on Friday. 


The Chainsmokers

WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday, April 21
WHERE: Times Union Center
HOW MUCH: $36-$121
BUY: http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com/the-chainsmokers

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