Philippakis spoke to XFM's Georgie Rogers about the track. During the interview, he compared it to "Inhaler
" from the band's Holy Fire
album, saying "What Went Down" was its "buddy." "We were craving more songs that had that physical, manic energy...Writing a song like 'Inhaler' broke that barrier that might have been there before where we were nervous or had reservations about certain types of heavy guitar stuff," he explained. "That's gone now... it's a product of the fact that we feel more confident, we feel more liberated. We feel like we can do anything but not in too cocky a way."