The Chainsmokers’ fifth single of the year, featuring Emily Warren who is a long time collaborator with the duo, features a realized fantasy of almost every overworked minimum wage employee. Camila Mendes, of Riverdale, appears in the video as a hotel employee. The video starts out with the all too familiar dismay of having a shift foisted upon the tired employee, but the tone quickly shifts when the group’s bubbly dance pop starts playing. Mendes, playing the character of Riley, rips off her uniform to reveal a pink, shimmery costume and proceeds to dance around the hotel and make the best out of a bad situation. ‘Riley’ certainly seems to enjoy herself on her unwanted shift as she bops through the neon lights of the hotel.
Having released their debut studio album, Memories… Do Not Open, in April of 2017, the Chainsmokers’ duo is currently working on their second album, Sick Boy. “Side Effects” is preceded this year by four other singles, including the titular track to their next album, “You Owe Me” and “Somebody” featuring Drew Love. One of the singles, “Everybody Hates Me”, was premiered as part of a live show in Prague. They have concerts scattered throughout the United States from August through October.
The Chainsmokers are an American EDM-pop duo comprised of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. Pall, 33, is the duo’s DJ and hails from Westchester County, New York. Taggart, aged 28 from Freeport, Maine, is the producer, writer, and vocalist of the Chainsmokers. Their musical inspirations and influences include Pharrel Williams, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, Blink-182, and deadmau5. The duo initially broke into the music scene in 2014 with their single “#Selfie” and achieved their first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in “Closer” featuring Halsey. The Chainsmokers have collaborated with a number of other groups, including Coldplay and Tiësto.