Rise of the Indie Bands: Imagine Dragons
Chances are really good you’ve heard the song “Radioactive” on the radio as it has actually been floating around on the radio air waves since April of 2012. If you have heard the song, and like it as I do, then I have good news for you. As of February 6th, 2013 the song has been available in the US as a digital download so you don’t have to pray to your radio-gods wishing it would come on anymore, you can buy it and listen to it anytime you want, anywhere you want.
“Radioactive” is a song recorded by the American indie rock band Imagine Dragons and if you haven’t heard of them, take this opportunity to read the rest of this blog and educate yourself. (If you stick with me until the end you can even listen to the song I’m raving about!) Las Vegas-based indie rock band Imagine Dragons came onto the scene in 2008 and have slowly, (but surely) been gaining a lot of popularity since.
In their earlier days, the band seemed to have a knack for releasing EPs before signing a record deal. Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP were both released in 2010, recorded at Battle Born Studios. They returned to the studio in 2011, releasing It’s Time EP and shortly after, announced they would be entering Studio X to finish recording their debut album Night Visions.
Night Visions is the band’s first studio album released on September 4th, 2012 and also the CD I have been listening to in my car on repeat for the past week. The album features many of the bands best known tracks from their previous EPs including “Radioactive” and “It’s Time” so if you’ve heard any Imagine Dragons song you liked, chances are good it’s on this CD. At its core, the album is mostly an alternative/indie rock album but it also draws from and features influences of arena rock, dubstep, folk, hip-hop, and pop which makes it a really well rounded, interesting, and fun album to listen to.
The band is currently on their “Imagine Dragons Night Visions” North American Tour and if they’re coming to a venue near you, I would suggest checking them out. I know personally they have been added to the list of bands I like and will be looking forward to any new material they release. Plus, I mean their name has ‘Dragons’ in it, how cool is that?
As promised, your reward for sticking with me all the way to the end of the blog (if you skipped your way down here you know who you are), the debut track of their debut studio album Night Visions, “Radioactive”