After in February 2013 her acclaimed debut album "Night Visions" had published (on the Grammy-winning hit single award "radioactive" was represented that this country went to the top 5), spent Imagine Dragons almost two years in the tour bus and crowded around the globe, the largest halls and stadiums. To cope with the grueling Tour everyday and all the chaos that bring 130 concerts and 50 festival appearances well or ill with it, the four-piece band from Las Vegas took the road quite soon the decision just for the work on the first song ideas for the successor ,
"We have so many things have changed in such a short time that the letter was ultimately the only constant, the only thing that could give us the necessary support," says frontman Dan Reynolds, of the Imagine Dragons in 2009 with guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman founded.
"During the tour I so looked forward every evening on coming to the shows to the hotel room and continue to hone there to the idea," said Reynolds Next, "and of course it was there before me, that someone from the next room knocked middle of the night against the wall, because it already was four o'clock in the morning and one wanted to sleep - but I just had to play this one song again I had just composed. "
On "Smoke + Mirrors" to catch Imagine Dragons the restless, sometimes frantic energy of the tour everyday, and presenting a sound that at the same time but also sounds absolutely punchy and dynamic, surprisingly vulnerable. As on her debut album "Night Visions" - The most sold 3.9 million times, to mention 24 million sold Single Tracks - sets the band on the perfect blend of spontaneous inspiration and intelligent, thoughtful songwriting if they like had their massive rock hooks on extremely catchy beats anchor.
They also underline the new album her penchant for do-it-yourself thinking, because "Smoke + Mirrors" is the first album of Imagine Dragons, they have taken up in their own home studio. "When a studio you rent, then the creative process sooner or later suffers because an out of time and you have to hurry in our own studio could this happen naturally not;. We were able to work as long to the song without time pressure until everything was perfect, "says Reynolds.
Peppered with massive hooks and the fOr them so typical, catchy arrangements, set to music every single song by "Smoke + Mirrors" - The first single "I Bet My Life", more introspective and yet thoroughly anthem and relined with tribal beats title track are just two of many examples - the rollercoaster of pain and elation, which brings each intense In introspecting with automatically. "One of our goals for this album was to capture the extremes of recent years," said Reynolds. "On tour there were moments when I was really high with happiness, for example, according to our performance in Brazil in front of 80,000 people, but of course there were also moments that were not so nice: I felt in between incredibly alone, because I mean family had so long time no see. "
, Highest unfiltered capture those extreme emotional states, goodbye Imagine Dragons Studio Tricks Co. and used for its production of "Smoke + Mirros" aware of an approach in which even supposedly imperfect recordings had their place: "Many of the vocal tracks that have it afterwards make it onto the album, are ultimately the ones recordings that I have made with my laptop or an inexpensive USB microphone in the hotel room, because these takes happens to convey precisely the mood that was actually the trigger for each song. " At the same time extended Imagine Dragons the tonal range of their songwriting by einsammelten tour a number of new instruments, which gives it the way or already complex arrangements of her pieces more depth and multi-faceted.
Live performances have always been the top priority for Imagine Dragons, who met in 2009, with extensive tours and the first, self-released EPs in no time earned a large following. Having then signed with KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, appeared with the EP "Continued Silence" (2012) its first major publication, on her first official hit single "It's Time" was represented. When she then a few months later the debut album "Night Visions" nachlegten, suddenly went fOr everything blow by blow Imagine DragonsThe album climbed to second place on the Billboard 200, went to Germany, Austria, Switzerland and UK in the top 10, after their single "Radioactive" was in 2014 even awarded the Grammy for "Best Rock Performance".
Despite their rapid ascent and the many changes that went with it, pursue Imagine Dragons strictly speaking, also in 2015 the same objective as the very beginning of their careers: They want their songs mark out the boundaries of rock music over and over again and make music that's just honest. For Reynolds, which can still remember how he sneaked into the room with 13 of his older brother to record songs about teenage heartbreak and other frustrations on their computers, is "Smoke + Mirrors" for this reason a personal milestone, because he has approached never been so openly and freely to his songwriting: "Sometimes I find it a little scary when I realize that so many people listen to the lyrics of the new album and this insight into my get life. But ultimately I know that it's just 100% authentic and the equivalent of what we stand as a band, "says Reynolds. "Because ultimately that's the most important thing there is to do for an artist - and therein lies the special magic: you have for the moment any other people and everything around you forget and just do only what fOr located an even most significantly to the touch. "
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