Feb. 17 2015 05:54 PM

Plus, The Styletones call it quits

The Midnight Pine
Photo by Rebecca Joelson

Viewers of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce got a dose of San Diego music last Tuesday when a song by The Midnight Pine was featured on the show.

The band's song "Caution" was used in the episode "Jake's Thanksgiving Surprise," which aired Tuesday, Feb. 10. Bravo contacted the band directly about having its music appear in the show; a licensing agent had previously sent the network the band's cover of Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)."

"The network approached us through Facebook, of all places," percussionist and songwriter Al Howard tells CityBeat in an email. "Apparently, it's not just for harvesting likes."

Howard says this isn't the first time one of his songs was heard on television. A song by his other band, The Heavy Guilt, was featured on an episode of the South Carolina equivalent of Jersey Shore, CMT's Party Down South

"I don't believe any of us have ever seen the show," Howard says of Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. "The last time I got a placement, a heartfelt song I wrote narrated two drunk rednecks in a shouting contest, so, regardless, this is a step up."

"Caution" will be released as a 7-inch single for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 18. The band also just released a video of the song for Valentine's Day, which is up on The Midnight Pine's YouTube page.

The Styletones have split up. On Thursday, Feb. 12, the soul / funk band posted a note on Facebook, announcing the "official dissolution of the band." 

"We started this band with the intention of bringing something soulful and new to a stage near you and with your help, we did some wonderful things together," the note reads. "San Diego party people, we will forever be in your debt." 

Email jefft@sdcitybeat.com or follow him at @1000TimesJeff


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