The desert landscape juxtaposed with gaudy faux-culture, gold dust fantasies, and lost dreams rarely gives birth to its inhabitants, but the city partially birthed Imagine Dragons, including frontman Dan Reynolds who told Kevin & Bean in an interview that he “bathed in the Bellagio fountains.”
Much like the people who come to Las Vegas to turn their shimmering speculations into reality, the mostly Berklee-college formed Imagine Dragons spent three or four years struggling.
They played gigs to two people like “the bartender and their mom,” before they reached enviable heights like being the third highest trending track on Spotify, having a song covered by popular television show Glee, or getting to play twice for KROQ, a radio station they grew recognizing as rock tastemakers.
Despite touring non-stop for four years and organically building themselves up to a tipping point, the band has learned a thing or two from their gambling-centric environs and admits thinking into the future is scary.
They’d rather just take it all in and let the dream unfold. “Any musician who has been through the four-year build-up, it’s not all glory and flowers,” admitted Imagine Dragons.
“Honestly, if you could see us,” said the band, “There’s a haze over all our eyes. I think that this year feels like a dream a bit. I feel like I’ve been living in a strange long dream.”
With a tour in the States looming at the beginning of next year and plans to tour in Europe (where they get to perform their song “Amsterdam” in Amsterdam), Imagine Dragons are setting themselves up for an even dreamier state.
Especially since they sell out shows in Europe and the audience sings along without the album having been released.
Part of their success might be correlated with their positive attitude about the exposure of their music, saying that having their music covered or highlighted in programs like Glee is pretty flattering and gives “people who maybe don’t listen to alternative music the chance to be exposed to it” and there’s a positive message behind it.
“I think that right now there’s this new movement of rock and bands; it’s started to revive and people want to know a rock band and buy a record on vinyl,” said Imagine Dragons. “I’ve never understood the concept of ‘We’re too cool for people to listen to us.’”
They are also not too cool to admit their band crushes and that they can’t wait to watch other bands at Acoustic Christmas, like Passion Pit, Jack White, the Killers, and of course, Garbage, whom they are playing with tonight.
“There needs to be more women like that, you know what I mean? I feel like there are not enough of them in rock right now,” said Imagine Dragons. “So to see that and to have her just being empowered, you know, it’s inspiring…We’re excited to play with them.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles