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Originating from BYU, band Imagine Dragons unleash new video

Published January 4, 2011 12:48 pm

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Las Vegas pop-rock band Imagine Dragons (which got its start at BYU) released a new video yesterday which includes some live footage.

Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Nc4qEI3k4

The band will headline the 5-Year Anniversary Party of Velour in Provo on January 14. Tickets are $7. The show starts at 8 p.m., and Dragons will be on around 10:30 p.m. Things have been going well for them: Imagine Dragons toured with Nico Vega and Saint Motel in November, and they also opened for Interpol at Hard Rock Hotel's The Joint around that time.

Here's a story I wrote about them several years ago:

When Imagine Dragons won 2008's Brigham Young University Battle of the Bands shortly after the band's formation, you could attribute the success to beginner's luck.

But when Imagine Dragons won Club Velour's Battle of the Bands in February and then "Utah Valley University's Got Talent" in June, talent and musicianship seemed a better explanation.The Las Vegas pop-rock quintet, which includes three BYU students and an American Fork native, will celebrate its ascent with the release of its first EP tonight at Provo's Club Velour."We've written between 30 and 40 songs," said lead singer and keyboard player Dan Reynolds. "Here are the five that show us."Reynolds, drummer Andrew Tolman and keyboard player Brittany Robinson were all BYU students when they started jamming together late last year. Tolman recruited Wayne Sermon, whom he grew up with in American Fork. Sermon is a guitar player and recent graduate of the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston. And then Sermon called a friend from Berklee, Ben McKee, a bass player who was one semester away from graduating."Wayne told me he found a band he believed in, and I trusted him," said McKee, who bought a plane ticket to Utah to join the band.The band's competition-winning rock grows out of that mix of musicians, the three BYU undergraduate students with a penchant for keyboards spiked with poppy rock, combined with the classically trained Berklee students, who create catchy hooks backed by the precepts of music theory. "The edge we have is the maturity of our musicians," said Reynolds, a third-generation Las Vegan who persuaded the band to move to his hometown where there would be more venues to play.Besides practicing together five hours a day, six days a week, the band has toured throughout Nevada, California, and Utah and considers Club Velour one of its homes. "Definitely, Utah is our starting point," Reynolds said. "We love Utah, and we love our fans."The only question left is whether the young band can continue to build upon the salivating reviews of the Las Vegas press and the excitement of opening for Kelly Clarkson in June — one of the perks for all of the five finalists in the UVU competition.

Actually, there is another question: What's the deal with that name, Imagine Dragons?

Robinson said the name is an anagram of "something that we all feel passionate about," but the band isn't revealing the subject yet.Garaged minions? Ironing damages? Diagramming nose? Marinating egos?

Ah, I know. It's gotta be A Mansion Digger.