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// drums + vocals


She hits hard. She plays loud. And she isn't afraid to sing her lil heart out.

AJ Johnson

// bass + vocals


Grungy, wooly licks for days. And he isn't afraid to sing his lil heart out.


// guitar + vocals


Riff + overdrive = true love. And he isn't afraid to sing his lil heart out.


Energetic, hard hitting and hooks for days, Royal Castles make nostalgic but contemporary garage-pop. Hailing from the Royal City of Guelph, Ontario and featuring the power trio of Katrin Sawatzky, Jordan Gabriel and AJ Johnson (Juno-nominated Cuff the Duke), the three-piece blend riffy guitar licks, wooly bass and ear-candified harmonies. Their sophomore album, ‘Just The Hits’ (2021), recorded at North Of Princess Studio with producer Zane Whitfield (Glorious Sons, Blue Stones), maintains the familiar garage-rock feel that is crucial to any Royal Castles tune.

Royal Castles have experienced strong momentum in Canada and abroad with sold out headlining performances in anchor markets, supporting positions at mainstay music festivals, and editorial playlist support from Spotify’s New Music Friday, Fresh Finds Rock, Indie Allstars, and Rock Your Block. The band has received notable support, opening for Elliott Brood, The Trews, Born Ruffians, Monowhales, Crown Lands, and more. 

Royal Castles are entering their third album cycle to continue this momentum with their upcoming EP, “Singles Night”, showcasing their sonic evolution and featuring the much-anticipated single, “Bad Business Barbie”.

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