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Imagine Dragons ‘ new track “Believer” is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming third album, the follow-up to their 2015 sophomore effort,Smoke + Mirrors .  And as guitarist Wayne Sermon tells ABC Radio, the band felt that “Believer” was the “perfect way to start off this record cycle.”

“I think it really reflects where we’re at musically and mentally and everything,” says Sermon. “So I think it was sort of a no-brainer for us, as far as what we want to lead off with.”

On the music side, Sermon says that the band wants to become “more mature” with their production.

“It seems like almost like the less you put on the track, the more it sticks, and the more impact that one thing has,” Sermon explains. “So I think ‘Believer’ is a pretty good example of maybe being a little bit more sparse as far as the way things sound, but still having all the power that we wanted.”

For that new sonic direction, Imagine Dragons are working almost entirely with outside producers for the first time in their career.

“Most of what we’ve done has been self-produced,” Sermon says. “We worked with Alex da Kid pretty closely on a few tracks for each album, but this is the first album where we’re actually reaching out and doing each song with a producer rather than doing everything ourselves.”

“It’s honestly been really awesome,” he adds. “Because we can actually focus on being musicians and just kinda sticking to one role.”

Imagine Dragons’ third album is due out this year.


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