Depending on how you feel about the popular EDM duo The Chainsmokers, this could either make you laugh hysterically or anger you.
Esquire recently released an article titled, "The Chainsmokers Are the Nickelback of EDM." The lead-in text simply reads, "The duo brings all the worst cliches of the genre and just might destroy it."
Now, if you're Alex Pall or Drew Taggart who make up the duo, there are only a few ways you can feel about such an article. My default emotion would be to break EVERYTHING within arm's reach.
Would you even blame me?
There is not one fucking person on this planet who would be totally cool with being compared to Nickelback... I mean, it's fucking Nickelback, dude!
They had a good thing going before quickly becoming the laughing stalk of the music industry. There has been a significant amount of research conducted to determine WHY Nickelback sucks.
That's how much they suck (sorry, Chad)!
During her study of the Canadian band, Salli Anttonen over at the University of Eastern Finland concluded,
Nickelback is too much of everything to be enough of something. They follow genre expectations too well, which is seen as empty imitation, but also not well enough, which is read as commercial tactics and as a lack of a stable and sincere identity.
That explains why most people probably expected The Chainsmokers to freak out over the Esquire article. But NOPE, they took it like champs and now, they might just be a Nickelback cover band that's better than Nickelback.
In a recent clip shared on Twitter by the duo, Alex Pall and Drew Taggart begin singing an acoustic version of their song "Paris."
Just before the video ends, The Chainsmokers make sure to take a jab at Esquire as Taggart belts out the lyrics to Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" as Pall plays the piano.
Behold The Chainsmokers channeling their inner-Nickelback. It's safe to say they're a Nickelband cover band that is better than Nickelback.
I'll be honest here. Taggart's Chad Kroeger impression is pretty spot-on.
And strangely, I kind of want to listen to some old Nickelback tracks... said no one ever!
Hey, Chainsmokers, don't feel too bad about the comparison. President Obama's gotten the same thing.
It happens to the best of us!