La Jolla bands to get big exposure via Weather Channel reality show

The Saline Solutions (from left): Drummer Daniel O’Keefe, lead vocalist and guitarist Mitch McCullough, bassist Tim Rayner and keyboardist Jeff Wang. Courtesy Photos

Two La Jolla-based bands, The Saline Solutions and Neveready, are scheduled to appear in an upcoming episode of the Weather Channel reality TV show, “Lifeguard! Southern California.”

Both bands have members who work as lifeguards, and were filmed by the network performing live at Lestat’s coffee house in Normal Heights at the end of last summer.

WindanSea resident Mitch McCullough, guitarist and lead singer of The Saline Solutions, was working his third summer as a lifeguard in Pacific Beach when the Weather Channel took an interest in him and his band’s music.

Following the band’s performance at Lestat’s, they called McCullough to film him performing rescues in Mission Beach, to be used in the show.

The producers later asked the band to sign waivers, giving the network the rights to use any of the songs on the band’s self-titled release, though McCullough said he believes they may be most interested in the tunes “Hidden Treasure” and “Sew My Shadow.”

“We were so stoked, so we did it,” said McCullough, 23, a former La Jolla High School student who formed the band in 2011. “I feel like we really might have a break here.”

Self-taught bassist/guitarist and La Jolla Shores native Tim Rayner said he also believes the exposure could give the band some welcome notoriety.

“We’re just a little, homegrown, local band that plays some pretty basic surf rock, punk, alternative — whatever your poison may be,” said Rayner 17, a senior at La Jolla High and leader of the worship band at La Jolla Community Church. “We’re just constantly marketing ourselves.”

Neveready saxophonist and former La Jolla High student Patrick Hallahan, who will soon be starting his fourth summer as a lifeguard, said he is not yet certain whether the Weather Channel will use Neveready’s music or the any of the 45-minute interview with him on air or merely on the network’s website.

“I think they’re going for about a four- or five-minute segment,” he said.

Both bands are previous performers at the La Jolla Village Merchants Association’s Haute La Jolla Nights events.

For more information on both bands and upcoming performance dates, visit them on Facebook and at

—Pat Sherman

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