Adrian Estrella intended "Make It Out Alive," from his band Assuming We Survive's Chapters EP, and its accompanying video -- premiering exclusively below -- to offer a positive message. But, as the gritty, Fight Club-style clip makes clear, there's a lot of dark to slug through before finding even a hint of life.
But Estrella tells Billboard that's the way it's been for him throughout his life. "As a kid I grew up with, I guess, a lot of struggles with how my parents raised me," explains Estrella, who found solace in joining the U.S. Army as well as in music. "My dad was pretty abusive. My mom was pretty non-resistant. I felt I had to battle through life alone a lot. I wanted to show in the video the struggle of battling through your problems but holding the things that mean the most to you very dear, protecting those things with everything you have." In the clip those are represented by keys and a treasure chest -- though suffice it to say that holding on to those is depicted as challenging.