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Up-and-Comers: Imagine Dragons

Anyone seen the recent movie trailer for the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower? How about that catchy tune playing on the trailer? That’s the song “It’s Time” from Imagine Dragons, an up-and-coming indie-rock band from Las Vegas who is setting themselves up to take on the world.

From the moment this four-piece formed in 2008, it was apparent these guys were dead serious about their music. After releasing several EPs and touring extensively as an indie band, they’ve recently signed with Interscope Records and partnered with producer Alex Da Kid (Nicki Minaj, Eminem), which has stepped up their game even more. Their latest EP Continued Silence is hovering near the top of the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and the band is slated to release their first full-length this fall.

In their single “It’s Time,” you can definitely hear some similarities between Imagine Dragons and fellow Vegas band The Killers—but this is no copycat band. The six songs on the Continued Silence EP show an incredible amount of range–between light and airy and deep and brooding, Imagine Dragons blends acoustic and electronic elements to form a sound all their own.

Their sound, in fact, is so diverse that it’s a little difficult to pin them down at first, because one song can sound so different from another. But the unifying element, I think, comes from a simple root. The band bio on their website describes Imagine Dragons as beginning with frontman Dan Reynolds slapping beats on a kitchen table. That honestly describes the underlying vibe of their music to me: their sound is heavy on rhythmic patterns, almost as if each song were built around hand-slaps on a table. Very unique, and very interesting.

If their upcoming record is anything like the Continued Silence EP, I can’t wait to hear it. Meanwhile, below is a video I found of Imagine Dragons performing “It’s Time.” Enjoy!

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About the Author


Growing up in Portland, Oregon, Kim Phelps found her inspiration and love for music listening to local bands play in the coffeehouses around town. She soon found her own voice as a singer-songwriter, and eventually began playing her own gigs in the coffee shops. Her personal influences include Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson and Cat Power, but as an indie musician herself, she has an affinity for any band or artist who pursues creative freedom on the outskirts of the music industry. As our Indie correspondent, Kim makes a point of highlighting up-and-coming independent acts who are creating a buzz and building an audience. When she's not blogging for us or playing in the coffee shops, Kim works as a barista herself to help pay the bills. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.

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