Lupa J releases nightmarish COVID-inspired single, ‘Supermarket Riots’

Capturing discomfort and unsettling chaos

Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Lupa J has reimagined COVID-19 chaos in a nightmarish new single, ‘Supermarket Riots’.

Per a press release, ‘Supermarket Riots’ – the third single to be lifted from Lupa J’s forthcoming yet-to-be-named mini-album – was written in the lead-up to Australia’s coronavirus lockdown. The songwriter said they were anxious about what was ahead.

“I wrote ‘Supermarket Riots’ in the week or so before lockdown became a reality in Australia, while people were panic buying, when you had to get into the store at 8am if you wanted to get anything you actually needed,” they said.

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“I remember walking around my area trying to comprehend what was about to happen; at the shops feeling this universal skittishness, noticing a look of fear in everyone’s eyes.

“I think the way I wrote the lyrics reflects all this, it’s not a cohesive ‘narrative’ so much as a bunch of anxious sounding phrases, trying but struggling to paint a picture of what was going on externally and internally for me.”

In the accompanying music video, Lupa J used gothic dancers in a seemingly abandoned supermarket to create scenes they said were “reminiscent of Dawn Of The Dead“.

Watch it below:

‘Supermarket Riots’ follows the release of singles ‘Perfect Weekend’ and ‘Call Them Up’, both set to feature on the forthcoming album.

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Lupa J’s first single of the year, ‘Limbo’, received a remix by iconic Sydney production duo Stereogamous a month after its release in May.

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