IMAGINE DRAGONS FACTS
Genre: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
Hometown: Provo, Utah.
Albums: Night Visions (2012).
Hits: "Radioactive," "It's Time," "Demons," "On Top Of the World" and "Bleeding Out."
Other: Imagine Dragons used to play four nights a week at the former O' Sheas Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The undeniable growth of indie rock acts throughout the American music scene has given rise to groups like Imagine Dragons, who are bending the boundaries of the rock genre to incorporate myriad influences and styles into their music. The group, consisting of Dan Reynolds on lead vocals, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, began in Provo, Utah, in 2008, where Reynolds was attending school and Sermon had begun living after completing a degree at the Berklee College of Music. After going through a series of lineups over the years, the group settled on their final group and set up shop in Las Vegas, Nev., to pursue their dreams of hitting it big.
Like many of their indie rock contemporaries, Imagine Dragons built up a grass roots following of loyal fans and toured extensively to promote their music. The group released three EPs soon after their formation, dubbed Imagine Dragons EP, Hell and Silence EP and It's Time. Each of the EPs was well-received by fans and critics alike and they were recorded at Battle Born Studios in Las Vegas. By the time word spread throughout the music business, Imagine Dragons had built up quite a following throughout the indie rock landscape and signed a record deal with Interscope Records in November 2011.
Soon after signing their first major recording contract, Imagine Dragons relocated to Hollywood, Calif., and began laying down tracks for their first major label release, Continued Silence EP. The record hit No. 40 on the Billboard 200 and helped the group gain steam for the release of their first studio album, Night Visions. The album featured the group's familiar style of synth-based dance pop, infused with Brit-pop alternative rock with emotionally charged lyrics that instantly struck a chord with indie rock audiences. The record's first single, "It's Time," was well-received from the start and peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it had a stellar run on the magazine's Alternative Rock charts. The single was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In addition to the runaway success of their first single, Imagine Dragons scored a number of hits off of Night Visions, including "Radioactive," which was their first song to go No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Rock chart. The album's third single, "Demons," also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 and solidified the band's arrival as one of the brightest up-and-comers on the American rock landscape. Fresh off the success of their new album, Imagine Dragons have a thoroughly packed touring schedule throughout 2013 that will see them hit prominent music festivals like the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Summerfest, Kanrocksas and many more.