Early in May 2017, Imagine Dragons released the video for their new single, “Thunder,” with the accompanying audio having been released a few days earlier. The band’s latest album, Evolve, will be released later in June 2017, and their Evolve World Tour begins this fall.
Imagine Dragons is an extremely popular alternative rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their songs and albums have consistently topped the charts, and the latest releases from Evolve are no exception. Previous to “Thunder” the group has given fans a sneak peak with the singles “Whatever It Takes” and “Believer.”
— Imagine Dragons (@Imaginedragons) May 9, 2017
The audio for “Thunder” became available on April 27, and the music video on May 2. As of June 5, the song has garnered more than 30 million views. The song is full of fun, punchy background beats, and catchy lyrics. The black and white video features interesting alien creatures dancing and fun special effects to highlight the music.
Since its release, fans have been eager to learn more about the meaning behind the lyrics of the song. Some speculate that lead singer Dan Reynolds is singing about his youth and seeing himself as someone who didn’t quite fit in – a leader versus a follower. The Pop Song Professor talks about Reynolds referring to his youth as the “lightning before the thunder,” hence the name of the song.
It seems that at its core, “Thunder” is about not being afraid to dream big. It’s a message to the youth out there telling them that you shouldn’t be afraid to dream big or chase after those dreams. “Thunder” is also about not listening to your peers who criticize you. When you’re young there’s a lot of pressure to fit in and be like the other kids, but it’s more important to be yourself and hold onto your dreams. After all, they could just come true. Reynold’s own experience with peer pressure and his own story of coming to terms with being a little different from the rest of his peers makes for a strong, resounding message in “Thunder.”
“Thunder” is just one of the songs from Imagine Dragons new album, Evolve, set to be released on June 23. Almost immediately after announcing the upcoming album, the band also announced their upcoming tour for the album.
Imagine Dragons will be joined by Grouplove and K. Flay for performances throughout the tour. The Evolve World Tour consists of 31 performances and will begin in September in Phoenix, Arizona. Fans can sign up for early registration for tickets on Imagine Dragons official website, as well as pre-order Evolve.