Imagine Dragons Members Debate If They Are A Rock Band

02/13/2014
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(Radio.com) In Radio.com's interview with Imagine Dragons, which was sandwiched in the week between their GRAMMYs and SNL appearances, singer Dan Reynolds made an offhand comment. Between a thought about writing their next album and the band's desire to release a B-sides album, he got at the band's level of self-awareness in the eyes of the media and the public.

"I'm sure in the future [a B-sides album] will come, but as of right now we're pretty focused on putting out an album. We're still a young band, one album in. I think you have to prove yourself more as an artist before you put out a B-sides album because people have to care enough about your A-sides first," Reynolds said, laughing.

The conversation came about when asked if they might consider making their second album, the one they've only just begun to think about writing and recording, a concept album. It was pretty well dismissed as not their style - with drummer Daniel Platzman cracking a joke about creating a Spinal Tap-esque album devoted to the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and guitarist Wayne Sermon affirming their intention to make "good pop songs."

That's right, pop songs. Imagine Dragons have been the absolute leader in the latest school of rock to pop radio crossover, so that they don't inherently and immediately identify themselves as a rock band first and foremost is notable. In fact, when asked, Platzman and bassist Ben McKee affirm that they do think they're from the rock lineage, but Reynolds isn't so quick to agree.

"At the end of the day, we let anybody label us as anything they want. I would never be the first to think, 'We're like the frontrunner of a rock band!' The lines between genres are so blurred at this point that we really are just content with whatever. If someone wants to call us alternative, a rock band, an indie band - it's like," Reynolds pauses and shrugs. "And none of those things fully apply. We're not an independent band."

"We're a rock band," Platzman finally interjects.

"You could say we're a rock band, but there are certainly bands that have more guitar than us…I think the most easy way to make it consumable for the public is to say we're a rock band," Reynolds finishes as his bandmates nod in agreement with the sentiment. more on this story

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