ESPN Premieres The New “Life On The Bottom” Video From Hit The Lights

Wait! Why is premiering a music video? Because it has heavy tones that have to do with boxing, and fighting in general. Not only that, but the video also showcases Ismael Villarreal, a 17-year-old fighter from the Bronx who lives for the ring, as he trains for his first fight at the Golden Gloves Tournament at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The video is for the track “Life on the Bottom” from Ohio’s pop-punk band Hit the Lights. The video was directed by Kyle Thrash (Modern Baseball, RJD2), who told ESPN:

Every time I listened to the song I would always imagine this person training. To me Ismael was a no-brainer when it came to casting the video. He embodies everything the song is about. When I met him for the first time and saw his drive and determination I knew he was the perfect fit. The kid trains six days a week with his father in the South Bronx at John’s Gym and lives and breathes boxing. He uses his god given talent to better himself and go after his dream with such a passion at such a young age, I couldn’t help but be inspired.

Hit the Lights vocalist Nick Thompson commented on the video and Thrash:

We’ve worked with Kyle Thrash so many times that we have complete trust in his ideas and abilities. When he approached us about the idea for a video centered around Ismael, we were totally on board. The song made sense with Ismael’s struggles and it’s great to be able to give him some limelight while we take the back seat!

Hit The Lights’ new album, Summer Bones, is available for purchase at iTunes and and is streaming now at Spotify. Catch the band on their tour with Cartel that starts today!

Hit The Lights Tour Dates:

Apr 9 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 10 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 11 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 12 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 14 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 15 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 19 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 20 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 22 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 24 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
Apr 25 – Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater (w/Cartel, Driver Friendly)
May 1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues/Side Stage
May 2 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
May 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto
May 6 – Ft. Worth, TX – Tomcats West
May 7 – Houston, TX – Walter’s
May 8 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
May 9 – Austin, TX – Red 7
May 11 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
May 12 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly
May 13 – Greensboro, NC – The Done Denim
May 14 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
May 15 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
May 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Oceanfront
May 17 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium/Upstairs
May 21 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
May 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
May 23 – Howell, MI – Hartland Performing Arts
May 24 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s

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