J-14 is scouting out the hottest bands around... and this week's pick is Imagine Dragons!
Here are five things you need to know about indie-rock band Imagine Dragons who are currently on tour across the US!
Las Vegas' Imagine Dragons consists of frontman Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. After forming in 2008, they independently released three EPs before the release of their EP 'Continued Silence' and their latest record 'Night Vision'. "Our band wouldn't exist without Las Vegas," Dan says of their roots. "It's a great place for an artist to start out."
Imagine Dragons best describes their sound as rock and roll mixed with innovative backbeats, basslines, and percussion. "We like making raw natural noises and keeping them raw and natural but transforming them into synthetic noises," Wayne says.
Their debut full-length album is appropriately titled Night Visions. "Many of the songs on the album were written late into the night, and some of the lyrical themes came from dreams I've had, even some nightmares," Dan says. "So when the title Night Visions came up, it just seemed to fit perfectly. We hope it inspires other to create, and push through their own struggles."
Their hit single "It's Time" is all about a transitional period in Dan's life, a time everyone can relate to growing up. "It seemed like everything was going wrong. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, trying to figure out how seriously to take music. I was making decisions about who I was," He says. "I'm a pretty young guy and I'm still trying to figure out the answer to those questions."
Does their single "It's Time" sound familiar? Not only is it a radio hit but it was also in this year's Glee season opener, sung by Blaine Anderson, portrayed by Darren Criss.
Check out Imagine Dragons' music video for their latest single "It's Time" below and let us know what you think!
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