Imagine Dragons, 2012

Imagine Dragons is an American indie rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the band who did the theme to the Host (film). It is called Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.

Band information


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. I got to the end of the song and just fully passed out in the middle of singing. I came to, got up, finished the song, and 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, toured extensively, earning a grass roots following. Then, earlier this year, the band made their major label debut with the release of their Continued Silence EP, which included the breakthrough single “It’s Time,” an anthemic foot-stomping track that perfectly encapsulates the band’s unvarnished emotional sound. The song, which reached #3 at Modern Rock radio and #2 at AAA, earned the group a 2012 MTV VMA nomination for “Best Rock Video.” With the groundswell of energy “It’s Time” generated, Imagine Dragons are now preparing for the release of their full-length debut, Night Visions, available on Grammy award 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.”

Emotional struggle is central to Imagine Dragons ethos. From the beginning it’s been the group’s goal to take the pain they've each experienced in life and spin it into something redemptive and uplifting. That transformation – of emotional pain into art – is what drives them as people and it’s also what inspired their first hit. “I wrote ‘It’s Time’ during a very transitional period in my life,” Reynolds recalls. “It seemed like everything was going wrong. I was trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life, trying to figure out how seriously to take music. I was making decisions about who I was. I’m a pretty young guy and I’m still trying to figure out the answer to those questions.”

That balance between riding steady and risking it all is the core tension at the heart of Imagine Dragons’ sound and their identity and it’s a reflection of the city they call home. “Our band wouldn’t exist without Las Vegas,” Reynolds says simply. “It’s a great place for an artist to start out.” Sin City isn’t known as a creative hotbed but, weirdly, that works to the advantage of the musicians who live there. “It’s not oversaturated,” he explains. “As a new band you play the casinos - half covers, half your own stuff – and you make ends meet. We were able to rent a band house and support ourselves. Eating ramen, but still.” Eking out a living as a Vegas rocker might be relatively easy but competition is cutthroat because the city is like boot camp for performers. Unlike in New York or LA where your biggest concern is being the hottest rock act around, in Las Vegas you’ve got to compete with showgirls and roulette and Cher at the Caesars Palace. “You learn to stand out because you’re competing for the attention of people sitting at slot machines,” Reynolds explains. “You have to bring everything you have and learn what grabs people’s attention enough that they look up from the card table and say, hey, let’s check this out!”

For Imagine Dragons that means the brutal honesty and power of straight-ahead rock and roll interwoven with innovative backbeats, basslines, and percussion. “We like making raw natural noises and keeping them raw and natural but transforming them into synthetic noises,” Sermon says. “We are gearheads. We do a lot of experimenting with percussion that’s electric and acoustic on top of each other.” Every band member except Reynolds attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, and the technical skill and precision that comes with that education has impacted Imagine Dragons’ sound and process. “I’m a musician that goes by ear. And when you put those two types of people in a room together that’s when the magic happens,” say Reynolds.

With the release of Night Visions, Imagine Dragons finally have a chance to show the world what that magic sounds like. They start off with a big statement in “Radioactive,” which blends a throbbing backbeat with delicate acoustic guitars and deals lyrically with facing the apocalypse. “We want people to hear that song and feel empowered,” Reynolds explains. Meanwhile, the delicacy of tracks like “Demons” balances the album’s expansiveness with a sense of human intimacy. “The album title came together very organically,” Reynolds recalls of the records overall theme. “We all sat in a room and wrote out what the band and sound of the album means to us. We all deal with our own demons and anxieties but we find that nothing calms the mind more than creating. 

Many of the songs on the album were written late into the night, and some of the lyrical themes came from dreams I've had, even some nightmares. So when the title Night Visions came up, it just seemed to fit perfectly. We hope it inspires other to create, and push through their own struggles.” (source)

Band History

Formation and early work (2008–2012)

The band released two EPs titled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP in 2010, both recorded at Battle Born Studios. They returned to the studio in 2011. Another EP, It's Time, was made before they signed a record deal. The group's name is an anagram, the original word(s) for which are unknown except to the members of the band.

Continued Silence, Hear Me and Night Visions (2011–present)

Imagine Dragons signed to major label Interscope Records in November 2011.[8] They are working closely with producer Alex Da Kid with whom they recorded their first major label release at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California. An EP entitled Continued Silence was released on Valentine's Day (February 14, 2012) digitally and peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200.

Shortly after, "It's Time" was released as a single and reached the top five on the Billboard Alternative and Billboard 

Rock charts before becoming the group's first top 15 single. It holds the record for the longest run on the 2012 Alternative Top 10 charts. The music video debuted on April 17, 2012 on all MTV affiliates and the band was named MTV PUSH Artist of the Week. The video was subsequently nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the "Best Rock Video" category. "It's Time" was certified a platinum single by the RIAA in November 2012.

The band announced they would be entering Studio X inside Palms Casino Resort to finish recording their debut album Night Visions in the summer of 2012 and released the album on the day after Labor Day (September 4, 2012). It peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales in excess of 83,000 copies, the highest charting for a debut rock album since 2006. The album also reached #1 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Album charts as well as the top ten on the Austrian, Canadian, and German Albums charts. Night Visions was certified gold by the RIAA as well as in Canada, Norway, and Sweden at the beginning of 2013. It has thus far had two Top 40 singles in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Imagine Dragons have performed "It's Time" live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2012) and Jimmy Kimmel 

Live! (2012) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2012) and Conan (2013). They will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on February 21, 2013. TV show Glee's Darren Criss covered their song "It's Time". Trailers for feature films including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Words, and The Host have featured tracks from Continued Silence. Imagine Dragons took a tour around the United States, Canada, and many countries in Europe, featuring their album, Night Visions in 2012. The tour sold out with the exception of two nearly sold out shows.

On October 27, 2012, Imagine Dragons producer Alex da Kid took to the internet to announce that Imagine Dragons is releasing a new EP "Hear Me," along with a 2:13 long sample of the EP was also released. On November 25, 2012, the EP was released in the UK.

In 2013, Imagine Dragons will return to Europe and North America with the Night Visions Tour. Tickets are currently available although all of the North American dates have sold out.

Band Members

Current members

  • Dan Reynolds - drums, vocals (2008–present)
  • Ben McKee - bass, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Wayne Sermon - guitar, backing vocals (2009–present)
  • Dan Platzman - drums, viola, backing vocals (2011–present)

Former members

  • Andrew Tolman - drums, vocals (2008–2011)
  • Brittany Tolman - piano, vocals (2009–2011)
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Lyrics, Youtube Clips and links


Verse One

  • I'm waking up to ash and dust
  • I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust
  • I'm breathing in the chemicals
  • I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
  • This is it, the apocalypse
  • Whoa


  • I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
  • Enough to make my systems blow
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Verse Two

  • I raise my flags, dye my clothes
  • It's a revolution, I suppose
  • We'll paint it red to fit right in
  • Whoa
  • I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus
  • This is it, the apocalypse
  • Whoa

Chorus Two

  • I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
  • Enough to make my systems blow
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive

Verse Three

  • All systems go, sun hasn't died
  • Deep in my bones, straight from inside

Chorus Three

  • I'm waking up, I feel it in my bones
  • Enough to make my systems blow
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Welcome to the new age, to the new age
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive
  • Whoa, whoa, I'm radioactive, radioactive


You Tube Videos

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive04:22

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive

Imagine Dragons- 'Hear Me' (Instagram Fan Lyric Video)03:58

Imagine Dragons- 'Hear Me' (Instagram Fan Lyric Video)

"On Top Of The World" From The Making Of Night Visions03:13

"On Top Of The World" From The Making Of Night Visions

Imagine Dragons Night Visions Tour 201301:24

Imagine Dragons Night Visions Tour 2013

Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (Album Sampler)07:06

Imagine Dragons - Night Visions (Album Sampler)

External Links

  1. The Host (Movie) Facebook page
  2. Stephenie Meyer (Facebook Page)
  3. Stephenie_Meyer (Wikipedia)

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