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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Mauldin, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Mauldin.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Mauldin, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Mauldin. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Mauldin, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Mauldin. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Mauldin, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Mauldin to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Mauldin.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Mauldin, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Latest News in Mauldin, SC

New charter school, apartments for seniors to come to Mauldin at BridgeWay Station

This story has been updated with the address and purchase price of the school.Green Charter Schools is adding a sixth campus this fall at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin.To be known as Green Upstate High School, the campus will be located at 356 Bridgeway Blvd in the former Samsung Call Center building.The school "brings a signature approach to education and is creating a robust electi...

This story has been updated with the address and purchase price of the school.

Green Charter Schools is adding a sixth campus this fall at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin.

To be known as Green Upstate High School, the campus will be located at 356 Bridgeway Blvd in the former Samsung Call Center building.

The school "brings a signature approach to education and is creating a robust elective cycle in order to give students the experience to explore different career clusters," according to a news release.

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The Upstate campus is the third location in Greenville County for the charter school. It has two campuses in Greenville, one in Spartanburg, one in Irmo and one in North Charleston.

"Our new campus at Bridgeway Station is an exciting next step in our efforts to serve more students in our personalized schools,” Green Charter Schools executive director Tom Cronin said. “We are also excited to have Chase Willingham leading those efforts as our founding principal."

The school purchased the building for $9.5 million in August 2021 and expects between 300 to 400 students in its first year at the Mauldin campus

Independent senior apartments proposed in BridgeWay Station

Mauldin's planning commission and building codes departments approved a zoning change within the BridgeWay Station planned development to allow a 152-unit housing complex aimed at senior living.

City Council had a first reading of the ordinance Monday night. Council sent the proposal back to committee so the buyer and seller could work through some contractual matters, councilman Taft Matney said.

The four-story building proposed by Buvermo Investments would consist of market-rate apartments for seniors 55 and older. Access would be from internal corridors and there would be 167 parking spaces, including garage space.

The current zoning of non-residential, intended for the failed Project Koala, allows for light industrial and office space. An independent senior living facility would generate less traffic than either of those options, the developer said.

Arden at Mauldin would be tucked behind Cooper's Lake on approximately seven acres and include recreational facilities and a dog park for its residents. While the Comprehensive Plan designates the parcel as an "employment center," properties in the immediate vicinity also include subdivision, retail, mixed-use and the new charter school.

If the project will generate more than 100 peak hour trips or is expected to increase the peak hour trips by more than 25%, the applicant will be required to provide a traffic impact study before the final development plan can be approved, according to city staff.

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Foster Care Awareness Month: Upstate engineer says foster family saved his life

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - May is Foster Care Awareness Month.Governor Henry McMaster along with the state’s Department of Social Services declared it earlier this month.More than 4,000 children in our state are looking for homes, according to DSS.Jack Sweeney was one of them. He entered the foster care system at seven years old. Sweeney waited for a family for at least eight years. When you see him at Mauldin Fire Rescue, you’d never know what he has been through.“You got ta...

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - May is Foster Care Awareness Month.

Governor Henry McMaster along with the state’s Department of Social Services declared it earlier this month.

More than 4,000 children in our state are looking for homes, according to DSS.

Jack Sweeney was one of them. He entered the foster care system at seven years old. Sweeney waited for a family for at least eight years. When you see him at Mauldin Fire Rescue, you’d never know what he has been through.

“You got taken away from your family. And so, you’re like, ‘Man, who’s going to love me?’” Sweeney said.

At the time, Sweeney was living with his grandmother. He found out, when he got older, that she was secretly battling cancer. So, DSS had to step in. And he appreciates them for doing so.

“I was worried that I wasn’t getting adopted. My adoption worker, she was like, ‘Do you still want to be up for adoption?’ I was like, ‘Yes. There’s a family out there for me. And I’m trusting in God to find me that family,’” said Sweeney.

Sweeney says he went through all of the emotions. He even contemplated running away.

“When I was growing up, I was angry just because of my situation and being in foster care,” Sweeney said, “Other kids getting to do things that I wasn’t able to do; I just learned to cope with my feelings.”

However, at 17 years old, his prayer was answered. He built a relationship with a family for three years. Eventually, they asked him if he would like to join their family. Sweeney obliged. Within four months, he moved from Pickens to Greenville to be with his new family. He was happy but nervous about making new friends and starting over.

“I was excited, because I was going to have a mom and dad and a family just to love me,” Sweeney said.

Granting that wish for adoption is more difficult for teenagers in foster care. Karla Littleton with the South Carolina Foster Parents Association says she has heard several reasons why.

“People seem to be afraid of teens,” Littleton said, “They seem to be leery that they’re older, and they’re set in their ways, they don’t get to parent them, maybe, as much.”

Littleton says it’s not necessarily true. She has heard stories of parents who say teenagers spice up their lives, and they’re a blessing.

“We are really in need of homes that will foster teens and sibling groups. It’s really important for siblings to stay together whenever they can. It’s also very important for them to remain in familiar surroundings whenever they can,” Littleton said.

That means remaining in their home school and community by staying with a family member or family friend.

Fast forward, Sweeney now helps the community after a family stepped in to help him. He works as an engineer at the fire department. He hopes a family that sees his story will be inspired to do the same. And he says troubled kids need love too.

“Truthfully, it probably saved my life. And I wouldn’t be where I was without my foster family,” said Sweeney, “Everything that has happened in my life happened for a reason. And I thank my foster family for that.”

To learn more ways to support foster parents in your community, click here.

Littleton says the numbers of foster children in our state have remained consistent. They are partnering with school systems to get teachers and school staff to be approved to take in foster kids. They are also working with law enforcement on how to get involved.

You can also learn more on the South Carolina Foster Parents Association’s website.

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SC unemployment rate falls again in April

South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3% in April from 3.4% in March, with the financial activities and leisure and hospitality industries seeing the largest employment gains.The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of households estimated the number of South Carolinians working at 2,312,616, an increase of 9,017 people from the March estimate and up 51,896 from April 2021. The...

South Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3% in April from 3.4% in March, with the financial activities and leisure and hospitality industries seeing the largest employment gains.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce’s seasonally adjusted, monthly survey of households estimated the number of South Carolinians working at 2,312,616, an increase of 9,017 people from the March estimate and up 51,896 from April 2021. The number of unemployed people in the state fell to 79,176, a decrease of 1,571 from March and 20,143 from April 2021.

The state’s estimated labor force, or people working plus unemployed people looking for work, increased to 2,391,792, up 7,446 people from March and 31,753 from April 2021.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6%.

In South Carolina, the financial activities industry reported 3,200 new jobs, while leisure and hospitality gained 2,700. Construction lost 2,100 jobs.

From April 2021 to April 2022, South Carolina’s economy added 66,400 seasonally adjusted, nonfarm jobs, according to DEW.

Dan Ellzey, DEW executive director, called the April numbers “good news all around” in a news release from the agency.

“In addition, wages continue to grow,” Ellzey said. “In the past year, wages in South Carolina have risen 4.38%, from $26.70 in April 2021 to $27.87 in April 2022. Some of this increase is due to movement between industries. As individuals leave lower-paying jobs for work in manufacturing, for instance, that leaves more openings which create competition for workers and compels the lower-paying jobs to increase wages in order to attract jobseekers.”

The Columbia metropolitan statistical area gained 5,300 jobs from March to April 2022 and has added 3,300 jobs since April 2021. Charleston/North Charleston added 700 jobs month-over-month and has gained 16,400 year-over-year. Greenville/Anderson/Mauldin lost 100 jobs month-over-month but has gained 15,800 year-over-year, while Spartanburg added 900 jobs from March to April 2022 and 4,100 from April 2021.

Unemployment dropped in every S.C. county in April 2022, falling to 2.7% from 3.3% in Richland County, where the rate stood at 4% in April 2021. In Lexington County, unemployment fell to 2.1% from 2.7% in March and 2.8% in April 2021.

Ellzey said that while the summer months will likely lead to an increase in seasonal and part-time jobs, employers are still reporting not being able to find enough workers. He said another challenge is a lack of soft skills among young people entering the workforce.

“Our agency recognizes that predicament and we offer programs to teach individuals soft skills,” Ellzey said. “We are also leading an initiative to come up with a statewide soft skills certification.”

ICYMI: Biz news from around the Upstate

From a brick-and-mortar Texas-style ‘cue spot near downtown Greenville to a new family fun center in Mauldin, here’s the news you might’ve missed from the Upstate Business Journal.A fun little announcement from BridgeWay StationDallas, Texas-based Cinergy Entertainment Group unveiled a plan to bring a 70,...

From a brick-and-mortar Texas-style ‘cue spot near downtown Greenville to a new family fun center in Mauldin, here’s the news you might’ve missed from the Upstate Business Journal.

A fun little announcement from BridgeWay Station

Dallas, Texas-based Cinergy Entertainment Group unveiled a plan to bring a 70,000-square-foot family fun center to Mauldin’s BridgeWay Station. The $23 million investment is the company’s first in South Carolina and ninth, overall. BridgeWay developer Phil Hughes, of Hughes Investments, Inc. said the center is a welcome addition to the BridgeWay concept.

“Cinergy’s proven ability to create an exciting and fun-filled family environment fits perfectly into the goals of BridgeWay Station, creating a place that everyone can come to live, work, enjoy excellent food, be entertained, and relax,” Hughes said. “We can’t wait to have Cinergy at BridgeWay.”

What kind of family fun, you ask? Search “Cinergy” at upstatebusinessjournal.com for details.

With Liberty and plastics for all …

Michigan-based ACI Plastic is injecting $4 million into its Liberty, South Carolina facility, the company announced March 21. The thermoplastics processor and recycler’s president, Scott Melton, said the expansion is to put the facility on a growth footing over the next 10 years and will create about 20 jobs, too.

“The access to a solid workforce, the Port of Charleston and nearby customers made this investment a key part of ACI’s future,” he said. The Liberty facility recovers post-industrial/pre-consumer scrap plastics from molders with plans to add blending, density separation, pelletizing and post-consumer processing capabilities down the line.

Speaking of Liberty …

The West End’s Liberty Tap Room closed in October, leaving a void in the space adjacent to Fluor Field at 941 S. Main. Now, Greenville Drive owner Craig Brown has a plan: he bought the place in December and is working out the details.

“I think for now, the only thing to say in that regard is that we want to have it run by an organization that wants to partner with everything we’ve created at the ballpark,” Brown said. “That’s what we’re working on right now.” No word yet on the type of restaurant Brown is planning or when it might open.

Get cue’d in

Big Dave’s All American BBQ is opening a brick-and-mortar spot near Prisma Health’s Greenville Memorial Hospital at 1193 W. Faris Road.

David Jones (“Big Dave”) said the new location will continue delivering all the Texas barbecue favorites — brisket, pork, ribs, sandwiches, sides and the like — while offering a hot bar and salad bar for hospital employees and visitors to pop in, pick up and get on down the road.

Traffic worries put brakes on new public school

A laundry list of worries forced officials to tap the brakes on a new elementary school planned for the ground once occupied by the former J.L. Mann High School at 61 Isbell Lane, Greenville.

Multiple people told the Board of Zoning Appeals they’re worried the $40 million, two-story school will increase traffic flow, cause stormwater overflow and make it unsafe for people to walk around, especially students walking to and from class and sporting events. Planners will come back to the board with suggestions in mid-April.

Kimpton Hotel’s West End location

The people behind Kimpton Hotels & Luxury Residences say they’ll be opening a new hotel and luxury residential tower in the West End at some point, although a timeline hasn’t been announced. The six-story concept at the corner of North Rhett and Markley streets features 134 rooms, 25 residences and a bevy of restaurants, a brewery and tap room, and a second story pool deck.

CurTec expands into Oconee County

Netherlands-based CurTec is bringing a $13 million project to Oconee County, the company announced March 13. Officials with the plastics manufacturer (CurTec makes plastic drums, pails and jars manufacturer for pharmaceutical, specialty chemicals and food ingredients companies) said the new facility will create about 30 job and come online in 2023.

“By starting manufacturing in the U.S., CurTec is taking the next step in strengthening our market position, increasing our service level to new and existing customers and decreasing the carbon footprint of our operations,” said CurTec CEO Bart van Berkel.

Adia Victoria Releases New Song to Benefit Carolina Abortion Fund: Listen

Adia Victoria has released a B-side from her latest album A Southern Gothic. Proceeds from “...

Adia Victoria has released a B-side from her latest album A Southern Gothic. Proceeds from “In the Pines”—which is available exclusively on Bandcamp—will benefit the Carolina Abortion Fund. “The song centers the stories of those who fall victim to the ideologies of emotionally stunted men,” Victoria said of the track in press materials. “I dedicate ‘In the Pines’ to every teenage girl who is desperately scratching at the walls of ideological imprisonment.” Find her full statement, as well as the new track, below.

Victoria is one of many artists who have spoken out in support of abortion rights in recent weeks, in response to the Supreme Court’s plans to overturn Roe v. Wade. Phoebe Bridgers and Olivia Rodrigo have addressed the issue during their concerts, while countless artists donated their portions of proceeds to abortion funds around the country during Bandcamp Friday earlier this month.

A Southern Gothic arrived last September, marking Victoria’s third studio album, following 2019’s Silences. During the writing process for the new LP, Victoria listened to Alan Lomax’s old field recordings, which became a base for her and collaborator Mason Hickman’s layered parts. Hickman also performs piano, guitar, synth, and percussion on “In the Pines,” alongside banjo courtesy of Jake Blount.

Adia Victoria:

In 2019, I spent an afternoon poring over the journal I kept during my junior year of high school in Mauldin, SC. Revisiting the frustrations and observations of my 16-year-old self would lead to the creation of “In the Pines”—a song that tells the story of a teenage girl from a small conservative town whose slow slide towards self-destruction is recounted by her best friend. It is the all-too-familiar story of how young women desperate search in vain for escape from totalizing ideologies that define their lives and the lives around them. It is a young girl’s quest for autonomy via rebellion over her life. Failing that, she will ultimately have autonomy over her own death. The song centers the stories of those who fall victim to the ideologies of emotionally stunted men. I dedicate “In the Pines” to every teenage girl who is desperately scratching at the walls of ideological imprisonment. It is a song that I hope reminds them that they are not alone in their hunt for freedom.

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