Imagine Dragons Stacking Demos for Album No. 2: 'We'll Continue to Evolve'

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With concert dates currently booked into early December, and more coming, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds says fans probably shouldn't hold their breath waiting for the group's follow-up to its year-old platinum debut "Night Visions."

"I think 'Night Visions" has a lot of breath and life left in it," Reynolds tells Billboard. "I think it's going to go on for a little while more. And we're having a problem where we keep saying, 'Alright, we're going to take, like, a month off' and then we get an offer to play throughout South America and wherever else. We know we have all these fans waiting for us to play there, so we can either take that month off or go play for those people, and we just keep saying 'yes,' for better or for worse. And it's probably for better because we get to take our music to more places. There's no rest, but we'll save the rest for when we're old and gray and try to do everything while we're still young and have the means to be able to do it. We know this is a gift, and we really, really do appreciate it."

Nevertheless, Reynolds says that he's "always writing," so when the time does come to make a new album he expects to have an ample array of material on hand.

"We write on the road -- in a hotel room at night or on the tour bus or on a plane," Reynolds explains. "That's how I always write; it always starts on a lap top, a very base demo idea. I already have, like, 35 demos in a playlist folder in my iTunes, (titled) 'No. 2.' I don't know when that day will come, but when it does we'll sort through all those demos like we did for the first album and pick out our favorites and work on them in the studio, in a live setting, and that's where they'll really come alive."

Reynolds says he isn't feeling any sophomore album pressure, however. 

"I don't think so -- strangely. Right now I'm feeling really happy about everything I'm creating. I'm not doing it for any specific reason. I'm not thinking, 'Oh, I have to make a second album and it needs to be like this' or like that or anything. I'm just trying to create music that inspires me, and I'm sure a lot of things will sound different and we'll continue to evolve for the better and hopefully mature."

Imagine Dragons has currently been working its latest single, "Demons," which has sold more than 1.3 million copies according to the group's label, with "On Top of the World" on deck to follow it. The group has also just released its documentary, "Imagine Dragons: The Making of Night Visions," via iTunes after a December premiere on Palladia; it features in-studio footage as well as a live performance from a 2012 concert in Hollywood. 

"All our heads are spinning a little bit," Reynolds says of Imagine Dragons' success. "It seems like every day gets a little crazier than the day previous. But we couldn't be happier. We're doing what we love. We're seeing a lot of the world and traveling around and playing music, which is what we love more than anything. So I really can't complain, y'know -- even though we haven't been home in, like, a year now. We're living the dream."

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