Thursday, June 19, 2008


The Wrong Trousers


Kelsea Little - harp & vocals
Joseph Lorge - mandolin & vocals
Mackenzie Leighton - bass

Just like most people, I came upon “The Wrong Trousers” while surfing the net, their video of their cover version of The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” being streamed and hosted on sites and usually found in the “Pick of the Week” or “Video of the Week” sections. Currently, since being posted on YouTube about a year ago, it’s been viewed over 300,000 times and still counting.

Wrong Trousers performs "Video Killed Radio Star"

Wrong Trousers performing "Everything All" at San Diego's FM 94/9

Hailing from San Diego, this trio comprised of Kelsea Little, Joseph Lorge and Mackenzie Leighton met and started playing together in the Coronado School of the Arts. And since then, from what began as playing high school talent shows and playing on the Prado at San Diego’s Balboa Park has resulted in a full album and an 18-city west coast tour.

With Kelsea and Joseph sharing vocal duties, The Wrong Trousers’ sound is definitely unique but quite infectious while marrying the sounds of stand-up bass, mandolin and harp. Like a chef experimenting with nontraditional ingredients, this trio brings out a sweet taste of melodic flavors that bursts onto your taste buds which makes you crave for more. Not too overpowering and relying on simple melodies like on the songs, “Had” and “Everything, All,” One and Counting… their debut album that was released in December is full of songs to appease the appetite including fresh covers of “Video Killed the Radio Star,” and The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights.” The Wrong Trousers’ sound is not new but it’s certainly refreshing. Time will tell if The Wrong Trousers’ unique sound will wear off and be brushed aside and forgotten. Personally, considering their debut album sounds better than most band's third or fourth album, I’m highly confident we’ll be hearing from this trio for years to come.

They come to Los Angeles and play the Steve Allen Theater July 1st and then on July 3rd at the Zephyr Coffee and Art Gallery. Go check ‘em out!

JULY 1 - Steve Allen Theater
JULY 3 - Zephyr Coffee & Art Gallery