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Imagine Dragons

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Genre:Indie, Rock, Alternative
Rank:18 history »
Rate:
4.5/5 from 135 users
Songs:64
Albums:10

Most popular songs

# Song LSI Rank
1Shots lyrics
144
144
2Radioactive lyrics
217
217
3I Bet My Life lyrics
333
333
4Demons lyrics
423
423
5Shots (Acoustic (Piano) / Live From The Smith Center / Las Vegas / 201 lyrics
562
562
6All For You lyrics
728
728
7It's Time lyrics
1,178
1,178
8Smoke And Mirrors lyrics
1,604
1,604
9On Top Of The World lyrics
2,424
2,424
10Dream lyrics
2,512
2,512

Most popular albums

# Album LSI Rank
1Smoke + Mirrors (Super Deluxe) [2015]
25
25
2Night Visions (Deluxe) [2012]
199
199
3The Archive - EP [2013]
773
773
4Speak To Me - Demo [2008]
876
876
5Continued Silence - EP [2012]
951
951
6Hell And Silence - EP [2010]
1,166
1,166
7Night Visions - Live [2014]
1,432
1,432
8It's Time - EP [2011]
1,494
1,494
9Imagine Dragons - EP [2009]
1,530
1,530
10iTunes Session [2013]
6,645
6,645

Biography

In a dark kitchen in the middle of a sweaty night in Las Vegas, all 6'4" of Dan Reynolds is hunched over a laptop, slapping beats on the table and crooning lyrics into a tiny microphone. Before long, he and the other three members of indie rock band Imagine Dragons would be playing "It's Time," that same laptop-demo-turned-supersized-anthem, from the roof of a parking garage to a wave of thousands of screaming fans. This song title to the single from their 2012 debut KidInaKorner/Interscope release "Continued Silence EP" is an all too apt descriptor of the band's hard-earned success—but it's also emblematic of the deep-seated anxiety Reynolds and the rest of the band experienced leaving behind any realistic expectation of a normal job to do the thing they love most.

A third-generation Las Vegas native, Reynolds is no stranger to the adage "the house always wins," choosing to pave his musical career with a near obsessive work ethic and hundreds of unused demos rather than roll the dice with the first songs that sprung from his mouth. It's no surprise, then, that he was drawn to guitarist Wayne Sermon, another founding member of Imagine Dragons. Having practically grown up in a recording studio and graduated Berklee College of Music, Wayne had been practicing his guitar through meals and other socially inappropriate situations as long as he could remember; he challenged Dan in a way that was both uncomfortable and exactly what they both needed. When they began writing songs together and recognized something special was happening, Wayne called up his Berklee friend Ben McKee, who promptly dropped out of school with only a few credits left, moving across the country to play bass for the band. This sort of reckless/genius behavior is typical for Ben, who has an uncanny penchant for spicy food and a suitcase full of unbelievable road stories. More recently, the band was joined by drummer Daniel Platzman, another Bostonian schoolmate who seems way too nice to be playing rock and roll until you actually see him in action.

Several tours and three self-released EPs later, Imagine Dragons had made a serious name for itself, particularly in the west coast circuit. Although their songs vary from nearly whimsical and light to brooding and powerful, listeners are drawn to the inherent honesty in the music. The only rule of thumb for the band, it seems, is to write from a true place; the result is songs that literally run the spectrum of human emotion. Attend a concert, and it becomes clear that the live performance of deeply personal songs has a real effect on people. And the band itself is not immune, as demonstrated when Dan literally passed out into the drum set during a finale song, sending cymbals and drum stands crashing while the rest of the band played on until the close.

Great songwriting is bound to be noticed eventually. As proof that the harder you work, the luckier you get, one of those people who noticed was Grammy winning producer Alex da Kid (Eminem, Rihanna). Alex and Dan began collaborating on projects, and soon the band had developed a relationship with Alex and his team. The alchemy resulting from Alex's hip hop sensibilities and Imagine Dragons' anthemic rock is nothing short of explosive. The byproduct of this creative collision is "Continued Silence," a six song in-your-face sonic grenade that breaks musical boundaries and yet is strangely relatable by its improbably diverse audience.

Despite it all, on any given day when they aren't on the road playing shows, you can still find Imagine Dragons huddled away in a rehearsal room somewhere, banging out song after song in search of the next perfect track. Like most things in Vegas, the band is angled at going big or going bust. For the sake of those who love great music, we hope it's the former

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     AnimoSpei says:
    Like 011 days ago
     
    Did you know it's Dan Reynolds's favorite song from Night Visions ?
     trisha91 says:
    Like 027 days ago
     
    good song
     music_junkie says:
    Like 014-03-2015 15:43
     
    LA-LA-LA-LAHHHV this track, LOVE IT! its da ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB and fave track from the album right now i think. it's also the first song on the album my teenager gravitated to which i find ironically humorous

    musically it's just SO fun, a great car ride sing along. lyrically i can see the appeal to any teen - and even most adults - we've all been there one time or another, totally relatable!!

    (also gotta wonder if they were Bloom County fans too??..lol)
    Like 011-03-2015 15:41
     
    I like it. it's ok
     AnimoSpei says:
    Like 007-03-2015 18:42
     
    I love these lyrics. Feels so real.
     AnimoSpei says:
    Like 007-03-2015 18:40
     
    Did Dan Reynolds write it after his friend had died...?
     AnimoSpei says:
    Like 007-03-2015 18:39
     
    Well, on the CD I got are only 2 discs. (?) In Germany, a lot say the greatest from Smoke+Mirrors were Friction and Shots...a lot say so. But I suppose my favorite is I Bet My Life... I think that Shots sounds better live.
     music_junkie says:
    Like 022-02-2015 13:05
     
    i wish i could give this song a 6.. awesome possum!! shoulda been the lead single.
     trisha91 says:
    Like 019-02-2015 17:55
     
    i love this song!
     AnimoSpei says:
    Like 119-02-2015 12:22
     
    I think it's great, but of course that's a fact, since Dan Reynolds has written those Songs. Almost as good as Night Visions!
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