Demons by Imagine Dragons
Demons is a song by Imagine Dragons, an up and coming American rock band that began its roots along independent music circles. The single appears in two of the group’s albums.
The indie rock ballad touting lyrics which depict the flaws of the song’s protagonist has already been featured by cover artists. The song has enjoyed a major following around the world and has received significant radio play. The Imagine Dragons have since came out with many other successful songs such as ‘Radioactive’, ‘On Top of the World’, and ‘Its Time’. The band’s roster includes lead vocal Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne “Wig” Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman for those just discovering them.
The track was both produced and written by record producer Ale da Kid, and was recorded for the band’s major-label debut and their debut studio album; which was the extended play Continued Silence and Night Visions respectively. KIDinaKORNER Interscope is the label of record, with Alexander Grant serving as producer.
The single was released in October 2013 although it was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California during 2011 and 2012. The music video was released in May 2013 and shot during a live performance at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada in February. Included in the footage are images of personal trauma ranging from an anorexic viewing his emaciated image in a mirror, a victim of parental abuse, a soldier carrying a combat-in-arms on his shoulder and other human hardships
The final shot is a dedication to a fan named Tyler Robinson who died after enduring a battle with cancer. Tyler is shown enjoying the band and singing with one member followed by the audience cheering him by chanting his name. A plea for contributions to the foundation named in his honor is included at the end. The song had strong personal notes and the artist insured the sentimentality was shown both in the way the video was shot as well as the lyrics used for the song.
The lyrics share how the concealed inner man that many don’t know about is the hidden demon only seen when looking into the protagonist’s eyes. It’s the place where one hides his demons is what the message says, the inner turmoil that lurks underneath that which is presented to the public eye and those whom claim to know who you are. Underlying those words is a message that things may not be as good and gold as they appear on the surface, and that motives may be better than the person who has them. Don’t hide the truth!
Is what the chorus basically implies, it is an issued warning not to get too close lest one sees the secret darkness within seemingly normal people. The underlying subject is man against himself, an often relentless hunter which chooses to challenge you in every crucial part of your life. The fight against abuse, the fight against disease, or the fights against one’s own problems and how well you can overcome those obstacles.