Energetic, hard hitting and hooks for days, the power trio of Katrin Sawatzky, Jordan Gabriel and AJ Johnson (JUNO Award-nominated Cuff the Duke) are Royal Castles.
The three-piece are now releasing their sophomore album Just the Hits, produced by producer Zane Whitfield (The Glorious Sons, The Bluestones, Sarah Harmer). Just the Hits is filled with ear candy: killer drum fills, psychedelic-bubblegum harmonies and crunchy guitar tones that will be sure to make this album feel like sunshine all year-round.
“Schönsee” serves victory and verve as the final single, an electric and triumphant 90s rock anthem sung in both German and English that sparkles and uplifts. ‘Schönsee’ means ‘Beautiful Lake,’ named after the Russian-Mennonite colony; an ode to Katrin’s ancestors, who made the Great Trek across Europe by caravan to escape religious persecution in WWII. This electric song builds upon the German lullaby often sung to Katrin as a child, telling the story of curiosity, resilience, fear and hope for a better life.