In the years after Creed became one of the most successful bands in America, their frontman Scott Stapp
led a hedonistic existence fueled by drugs and alcohol. He eventually stepped back from the abyss and embarked on a more sober, positive lifestyle. However, the Creed singer's troubles weren't over. In 2014, he went through a well-chronicled breakdown that led to him being diagnosed as bipolar. Stapp, who joined AOA after the release of its 2015 debut album to replace the late Scott Weiland
, sings here about rising above his self-destructive behavior.
"In 'No Surrender', I addressed those moments in life where you've reached a personal crossroads or crisis," Stapp explained "That place where your back is against the wall and your left with two choices: cave in and crumble, allowing whatever circumstance to break you forever, or to rise up and fight through holding on to that never give up spirit that lies deep within. I detail in the verses personal experiences, as I lived them, that have taken me to that critical place of choice. Am I to give up, stay down and fade away, or get up, fight on and never surrender?"