All proceeds from this song will go to Age UK in an effort to help the elderly during the awful COVID-19 Pandemic.
Last week myself and the rest of LibraLibra were on our own personal mini lock down, the best kind, at Echo Zoo Studio where you are equipped with your best mates, snacks, tequila and a gorgeous vintage studio full to the brim with synths, gear and grand piano, set with the task of writing a bunch of songs from scratch to make waves for our eventual album and it was on Tuesday 10th March 2020 we wrote ‘Panic Buy’.
Trying to get your ‘head in the game’ as some may say was virtually impossible, COVID- 19 is the hottest topic on earth right now, it’s all around us – every time you message a mate, pick up your phone, check the news, it’s there staring you in the face. It’s rife with an impending doom, who is it effecting now, which industry is it demolishing, what is the government doing to protect us, what can we do to help, we will all survive? It was in the studio where it became obvious to us that inevitably elements of COVID – 19 would seep it’s way into our writing whether we liked it or not and it’s not hard to guess what began to plague our minds when you see the title of the song, ‘Panic Buy’.
We began to hear reports of loo roll becoming non-existent, supermarkets being ransacked of tinned goods and essentials. The concept baffled us, as I’m sure it has for many of you, I felt like I was falling deep into my believe that as society we are in a perpetual episode of Brass Eye or The Thick of It, I’m just waiting for the camera to pan round to Chris Morris – alas I know this won’t happen, no matter how hard I fantasise, and at first like many we found the concept of loo roll riots amusing, because quite frankly we couldn’t understand why. Why, when thinking it might be the end of the world was there this nationwide consensus that you need to have the cleanest arse in the land for one, but more importantly where has the love gone? Had it completely disappeared or was it ever even there? We need to think of the vulnerable, the elderly, our children, our society as whole, why aren’t we looking after one another in this global pandemic?
I would also like to take this moment to explain that we are not attacking any of those who have panicked, because quite frankly it’s understandable. The media and our government have toyed with us, it’s relentless with one click bait horror headline after another, where is their compassion in trying to help us as a society unite? Instead they torment us, turn us against one another and promote selfishness and create this draconian every person for themselves mentality and this has got to stop.
So on Tuesday 10th March 2020 ’Panic Buy’ was written in the heat of a moment, a worldwide moment of frenzied fear, frustration and confusion. ‘Panic Buy’ is a snapshot of a moment that we never thought we’d come too. A moment that we certainly never want to return to. We hope it serves as catharsis. We hope that as a society we use the pandemic as an opportunity to learn and grow. We hope to expand our compassion, realise the fragile and intimate connections that we all share and come to remember that our humanity is universal.