New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

Courtesy of Ransom Music Group
Dutch Party photographed in 2014.

Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label.

Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has the exclusive premiere of the video below:

Does that gifted dancer look familiar? Perhaps you’ve already seen Vine star Sione Maraschino bust a move in a very famous music video for a Hot 100-topping song?

Yup, you've seen him in the music video for Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass," and he's back again, this time grabbing even more of the spotlight. And we can't blame him for wanting to move his hips. Dutch Party knows how to get a drum-and-bass groove going; think of Spoon's jaunty, piano-based hooks and the easygoing L.A. vibes of bands from Cold War Kids to Rilo Kiley, and you’re not too far off.

All of Dutch Party's writing and mixing is handled by frontman Ken Franklin, who formed the group among a crew of other L.A. denizens, that also includes Hot Hot Heat's Luke Paquin.

"I moved to L.A. and began honing my songwriting skills between odd jobs selling candy bars at the Staples Center and acting as a doorman at dive bars on Sunset Boulevard," Franklin tells Billboard. "I had to move eight times in two years. At some point, I realized that music was the one constant in my life. I have always been making it, and will never stop. I recently decided that it was time to seriously record and release something and let my love affair be known."

After getting to work on Dutch Party's debut album in early 2014, an early demo caught the ear of Matte Babel, who was looking for talent to build the brand-new Ransom Music Group around and expand Ransom outside apparel and accessories.

Expect more music and more news in 2015, but for now, we've got the premiere of another new song.

"'Paper Moon' is a song about a relationship that is so damn wrong for you, but you're just not ready to let it go," Franklin says. "I originally called it 'Pay Per Moon,' because everyday life is charging you for another chance to make it work, but it's never worth it. I named the song after the old black and white movie Paper Moon, about the two grifters, because at the time the relationship I was in was just a con.”


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