Musicians You Should Know About: #6-Imagine Dragons
Originally from Utah, then becoming Sin City transplants, but far from sinful Imagine Dragons hit the scene relatively recently in 2012 with their debut album Night Visions. Night Visions topped the Billboard chart at #2-not bad for a debut from an unheard of alternative band.
At one point Rolling Stone even named them ‘they break out band of 2013’; after they started their media circuit to promote Night Visions. Chances are if you turned your radio on in 2013 you were going to hear their debut single Radioactive.
The boys of Imagine Dragons met in a pretty uneventful way. He went to school with him and then they picked up this guy’s friend from way back etc. But, what did make them stand out from the pack on the music scene was their ability to blend heavy bass beats, with infectious lyrics, all thrown in a blender with a little whimsy.
Oddly enough ID got their ‘first big break when Train's front man fell sick just prior to the Bite of Las Vegas Festival 2009. Imagine Dragons were called to fill in and performed to a crowd of more than 26,000 people
And since Night Vision took over air waves the boys have been pretty well on tour since, just riding the wave.
Fun Fact: While it’s not uncommon for bands to have far out names, some steaming from the more psychedelic side of things. The name Imagine Dragons is actually an anagram for the band’s previous name, but they say they will never reveal what it really means. Duh, duh, duh.
I’m stoked for when they come out with their next album and to see this building, budding band take some more artistic risks and revelations.
I saw ID play live in spring of 2013 and there are many things I could say about the show, some good, some not so good, but what really stood out was the music. Let me paint you a picture:
20-something year old me, who has personal space issues, in Mac Hall, standing room only surrounded by a crowd of mostly 17 year olds. I’m getting pushed, shoved, had my legs crawled through (eww that floor) and still I walked out saying it was one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen! Super interactive, incredible energy, and showman’s beyond their years!
Also, you should check out this cover of Radioactive. I know not normally my thing to put up cover bands....but this one seriously kicks some tush!