Imagine Dragons performed in St. Louis on May 15 as part of the Yahoo! On the Road tour.
After the last note played on the last song of a marathon set a few years ago, Dan Reynolds, frontman for Las Vegas-based rockers Imagine Dragons, realized it was all starting to come together. “We were playing a gig at this place called O’Sheas, which has the cheapest beer on the strip,” Reynolds remembers. “I was basically standing on top of the drums, the stage was so small. We were on our final song of a six-hour set… We got a standing ovation from all these people at this tiny little casino at three am on a weekday in Vegas. Something about that moment bonded us and made us realize that we were building a connection with people from all over the country.”
Since then that connection has only grown. Reynolds and his bandmates -- guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman -- independently released three EPs and toured extensively, earning a grass roots following. Then, earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of its major-label debut with the release of the Continued Silence EP, which includes the breakthrough single “It’s Time,” an anthemic foot-stomping track that encapsulates the band’s unvarnished emotional sound. The song, which reached No. 3 on Modern Rock radio and earned the group a 2012 MTV VMA nomination for “Best Rock Video.” With the groundswell of energy “It’s Time” generated, the band is now preparing for the release its full-length debut, Night Visions, available on Grammy-winning producer Alex Da Kid’s (Eminem, Rihanna) label, KIDinaKORNER.
“This record has been three years in the making,” Reynolds explains of his excitement in finally getting to share the album with the world. “We feel that we have finally created something we are all truly proud of and that can hopefully inspire others and help them feel a little less alone. That’s what music is about. It’s the greatest communicator I know.”