Who knows what the band had in mind when they formed in Las Vegas in 2007 and adopted the anagram "Imagine Dragons," but it obviously means something special to them. Damage Groin Sin? Diagram One Sign? Seaman Dig Grion?
Imagine Dragons released their first studio album, Night Visions, on Sept. 4, 2012. The opus was produced by Alex Da Kid, Brandon Darner, and the band. In its first week, the album sold more than 83,000 copies, enough to place them at the number two spot on the Billboard 200. The album was labeled alternative rock but it incorporated elements of folk, hip hop, and pop. Besides the brisk sales, the album received positive reviews from critics who lauded the work for its arena-rock-esque sound.
According to the band, the album Night Visions took three years to produce. That doesn't mean the band spent three full years in the studio working. It's more of a reference to the fact that several of the album's tracks are found on previously released EPs: "Radioactive," "Demons," "On Top of the World," "It's Time," "Hear Me," and "Amsterdam." Imagine Dragons are EP kings. From the first of September 2009 to Valentine's Day 2013, the band released six EPs: Imagine Dragons (2009), Hell and Silence (2010), It's Time (2011), Continued Silence (2012), Hear Me (2012), and The Archive (2013).
The band toured heavily behind Night Visions staying on the road for most of 2012 and much of 2013. During that time Imagine Dragons tickets were sold at venues all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The band has also performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan.
Imagine Dragons is fronted by vocalist Dan Reynolds. Wayne Sermon plays guitar, Ben McKee rocks the bass, and Dan Platzman bangs the drums. On an Imagine Dragons tour, Ryan Walker sits in as the band's keyboardist and extra guitarist.