“We are authentically ourselves”: Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds responds to criticism from Slipknot and The 1975

“For a decade now I’ve dealt with critics and other bands saying extremely harsh things about my band"

Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds has responded to his critics after Corey Taylor said they had replaced Nickelback as the worst band in the world.

Last week, the Slipknot frontman described the Las Vegas band as “awful” and said that Nickelback were “passing the baton” after years of widespread ridicule.

Reynolds reacted by calling out Slipknot, The 1975 and Foster The People for previously criticising the band, though he did not mention Taylor specifically by name.

“For a decade now I’ve dealt with critics and other bands saying extremely harsh things about my band,” Reynolds wrote on Twitter.

“Not what I would call ‘fair criticism’ (which I always try my best to receive and learn from) but actual click-bait horse s–t. Words filled with vile and hate meant to feed humanities need to laugh at each other’s imperfections and fails.

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“I’ve stood silently and taken it for years. It has added to the depression I’ve dealt with since youth. I don’t say this in search of sympathy, but just as a fact. It’s not the person that causes me the feelings of stress and depression, but what it does to the world we as a band have created.”

Reynolds added: “I’ve gotten over the fact that guys in other bands (The 1975, Foster The People, Smashing Pumpkins, Slipknot etc.) feel a need to talk badly about my band for whatever reason. I don’t feel anger towards them actually, just more of a sadness that this industry embraces, even celebrates this mentality.

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Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds

“My band mates are some of my best friends. We are authentically ourselves and strive to bring positivity and empowerment to the world. We’ll continue to do just that.”

It’s thought that Reynolds’ reference to The 1975 comes after singer Matty Healy criticised the band in 2017.

“Songs like ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons, it might as well be called ‘Pikachy Banana’. It’s nothingness,” Healy told Q Magazine.

Foster The People, meanwhile, joked in 2018 that they provide Imagine Dragons with material that failed to make it on their albums.

While their music might divide critics and contemporaries, Imagine Dragons last year celebrated a significant milestone when ‘Radioactive’ secured one billion views on YouTube.