After premiering on triple j‘s Good Nights last night, Slowly Slowly are officially lifting the lid on their latest single Safety Switch today. Featuring guest vocals from rising Adelaide-based singer-songwriter Bec Stevens, Safety Switch is the modern rock duet you didn’t know you needed. Harnessing the fine line we tread in maintaining healthy relationships, Safety Switch is a vivid, emotionally-charged effort in classic Slowly Slowly fashion.
Alongside the single comes a new music video featuring live footage of Stevens and Slowly Slowly frontman Ben Stewart in the studio while recording Safety Switch. Watch below.
Describing Safety Switch in more depth, Stewart says the track speaks of the need to swallow our pride and acknowledge differences with each other.
“I tried to showcase how you get stuck on footholds in arguments and eventually lose the point of what you’re trying to achieve,” he explains. “It’s about being stubborn and wanting to win despite the consequences, and then being reminded in those very human moments, in the aftermath, of what is really important.”
He adds that the idea of bringing the song to life as a duet came from wanting to ensure a sense of balance between the song’s two characters. It’s true there aren’t many rock duets going around in 2019, and the Slowly Slowly and Bec Stevens combo may just be the best answer to that. Vocally the pair melt into each other perfectly, and as long-time stage friends and admirers of each other’s work, there’s a comforting quality to hearing them perform together.
“It all clicked straight away,” Stewart says on the song’s creation. “I wrote out which lines would be for each person and it fell into place without much effort. We needed Bec to record her vocals so Alex (Quayle, bass) and I invited her to Melbourne and that was how the video came to be. I wanted a simple clip. Sometimes I just want to watch the person singing the song sing it, you know? This song is pretty raw so I tried to not overthink it.”
This year Slowly Slowly have run rings around the country, including a completely sold out headline tour in support of their infectious single Jellyfish and a further regional run following the reveal of ‘Creature Of Habit Pt. 2‘. The four-piece have been invited to support the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Amy Shark, played an enviable Like A Version set at Good Az Friday, appeared at festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Snow Tunes and the inaugural Land Of Plenty, and will round out the year playing Good Things and NYE On The Hill.