Slowly Slowly: “I want to help people party through the pain”

Slowly Slowly
(Image credit: Marcus Coblyn)

Pretty much as soon as they’d finished minting their two-part epic Race Car Blues, Slowly Slowly were thrust into a whirlwind of personal highs and lows. Like he’d done all his life, frontman Ben Stewart chronicled all of it in song, leading to some of his darkest material yet – but also some of his brightest. Musically, Stewart was inspired by artists like Chaka Khan and post-split Paramore, and this broadened palette offered a stark contrast to his sharp and sobering, melancholic poetry. 

In announcing Slowly Slowly’s fifth album, Daisy Chain, Stewart said that if Race Car Blues saw him “wiping the slate clean and trying to reinvent [him]self”, then its follow-up “highlights the downfall [he experienced] after that”. He admitted that in the pursuit of self-evolution on Race Car Blues, he lost sight of what – and who – was around him: “I was so hellbent on my personal development that I had my blinkers on. I think I was a little too self-centred and forgot what’s important.”

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…