Imagine Dragons truly came into their own at Irving Plaza Friday night. Seeing the band take to the sold out crowd with such force was an outstanding sight and the best part was seeing how their songs have evolved into the massive anthems they are today. After seeing the band perform at Firefly Festival earlier this summer I knew that I’d had to follow their progress and what an amazing trip it’s been. Not only was their music video for ‘It’s Time’ nominated for a VMA (alongside such acts as Linkin Park and Coldplay) but the band’s debut album Night Visions became the number one album on iTunes after a few days of being released.
All the hype is well deserved; the group has spent the past three years crafting not only their sound but their live presence as well. They offer a highly energetic show with indie guitar chords mixed with a strong understanding of pop sensibilities. What makes Imagine Dragons shine where other bands fail is how sincere and on point their song writing is. Front-man Dan Reynolds has no problem being completely open on his songs and when performing songs such as ‘Tiptoe’ and ‘On Top Of The World’ live you can easily visualize and almost feel how he’s feeling and thinking.
Support from Ghost Beach was also a strong choice for that night at Irving Plaza. The group reminded me of Reptar quite a bit yet it was great to see such exuberance mixed with not only fun but unfiltered funkiness. Their lighting for their set was quite hazy which almost put on this night club feeling, the fans of Imagine Dragons gladly soaked that up.
Seriously all I can say at the end of it all is that Imagine Dragons have earned their current place of being a band you have to see. It’s rare to say that because a lot of the time bands like them appear out of nowhere but here is a group who wear their hard work and progress on their sleeves, not once forgetting where they came from. They also have amazing songs to boot so trust me when I say missing out on an Imagine Dragons gig is not something you ever want to do.
This review was written/photographed by Ken Grand-Pierre, a writer/photographer/graphic designer/bear fighter in New York. If you want to see more photos from this show and more be sure to visit his flickr (where you can find full photo galleries of this event & others). Also if you like what you see and you want to hear about more than be sure to follow on twitter and tumblr.
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