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.”