Roaring up the Charts

By Kelly Goldstuck

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Imagine Dragons is an up and coming indie rock band featuring lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, drummer Daniel Platzman and bassist Ben McKee. Formed in 2008 in Las Vegas, USA, the name of the band itself remains something of a mystery. According to its members, Imagine Dragons is actually an anagram of the original name they considered calling themselves, however they felt that it “didn’t flow right”.

Their hit single It’s Time has taken the world by storm, and has even featured in the recent season premiere of Glee as well as the trailer for the upcoming movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Like many of Imagine Dragon’s songs, this particular one also focuses on emotional struggle. Dan Reynolds, who writes most of the band’s songs, wrote this particular song during a rather difficult and transitional period of his life. Perhaps one of the reasons why It’s Time has gained such appeal is that it is left open to the interpretation of the listener and can thus represent very different issues. The underlying message that the song conveys is one of being true to one’s self despite the many changes one undergoes throughout life. Added to this, the song has both a catchy and an uplifting beat that makes the listener almost doomed to hit the replay button over and over again.

Their musical influences include Coldplay, Muse, Arcade Fire and the Killers.  Yet their approach to music is somewhat refreshing as they are not afraid of mixing both sound elements and genres in the songs that they perform. They encompass anything from indie rock, alternative rock, to hip-hop, folk, dubstep and pop. They also make use of an interesting array of instruments such as the mandolin and the xylophone.

The band has its humble origins in winning several Battle of the Bands competitions. It was only then that they decided to branch out and take their music more seriously. Over the years they have seen various members come and go.

To date, Imagine Dragons has released three extended plays: Imagine Dragons, Hell and Silence, as well as Continued Silence. They had decided to produce the first two independently. They launched their first album Night Visions earlier this year in September under the label of Interscope Records. During the first week of its release, over 83,000 copies of the album were sold.


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