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!