Bing Search

Music News

Imagine Dragons: 'We want to inspire a rock movement!'

The up-and-coming Las Vegas rockers play an MSN UK Something Session, including covers of 'Lovesong' by The Cure and Jimi Hendrix's 'Red House'

MSN UK

You know that traditional rhyme about what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue?

Well, we thought it would be a good idea to invite some bands to perform a four-track live session based on it.

We need one old song from their back catalogue, one new one, one cover ('borrowed'), and one 'blue' (which can mean anything we want it to mean - might be a sad song, might have the word 'blue' in the title, whatever).

Anyway, thankfully for us, the hottest new indie-rock band on the planet, Imagine Dragons, agreed to do just that! Watch the performances below, and check out an interview with the band.

Why did you choose the two covers you did ("Lovesong" by the Cure and "Red House" by Jimi Hendrix)?

We used to play both those songs in casinos in Las Vegas when we were growing up as a band. We would play 50% covers and 50% original music in these lounges, you know, just to make ends meet. So you know, they're definitely both influences.

What did that period teach you musically?

Those Vegas gigs gave the band the opportunity to figure out our favourite things about the songs we were covering, little elements we really liked, and it helped us find ourselves.

They let us pick whatever songs we wanted to cover. Otherwise I don't think we could have done it. It was really nice to be able to pick apart songs by ... you know, we played everything from U2 to "Rappers' Delight" to the Cars to Bob Marley ... we really tried a bit of everything of our favourites, so it was great.

When I think of rock bands from Vegas, my first thought is the Killers. Does that come up in conversation a lot with you guys? And are you flattered?

To ever have that reference is great, we take it as a compliment. I think they're a great rock band, I think they were torch bearers for Las Vegas, putting it on the map. We don't know them personally ... a lot of people ask if we hang out with them on the weekends ... I don't think we're cool enough for that! We've met them a couple of times and they seem like nice guys.

Your album was produced by a British guy called Alex Da Kid who most people know as a hip-hop/R&B producer. Is that why you went for him?

Yes, that's very true. Alex had reached out to us as a genuine fan of the band. Someone had played him our music and he liked it. I was very familiar with his work because I'd listened to a lot of urban music growing up, so I was pretty excited to meet him.

We got together in a room, really hit it off, and what was most important to us about him as a producer was that he didn't want to change anything about the band. He had a way of being hands-off while at the same time contributing in a way that really helped us.

Your album, 'Night Visions,' is the highest-charting rock debut in the States since 2006. What s your reaction to that?

Our reaction's been like "Aaaagghhh" ... You know, we really built things organically in the States for about three years, just touring independently, living on people's couches and building it up one fan at a time.

To see that pay off ... We weren't ready to do our debut album that whole time, we just released EPs, so to see the debut album come out like that ... we're just very grateful.

To you think its success is evidence that rock might finally be making a comeback?

I really do think it's a great time to be a rock band. I think people more and more lately are wanting to see musicians on a stage, playing their instruments and performing. I think it's a great time to be in a rock band and if we can contribute to a movement towards rock in any way, you know, to be a part of that is awesome. I think a lot of great bands, a lot of great alternative bands, are really starting to play on pop radio now.

We never set out thinking we would play on radio, period, rather than pop radio as a rock band, so yeah, I think it's a great time to be an alternative band.

Keep up with MSN Music. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

0Comments