Gravy Flavored Kisses was founded in March 2010 by J. Chester Castellaw and Damon Motto. “It’s a closely guarded secret. But what I can tell you is that it’s Popeye’s related”, explained Motto when asked of the origins of the unique band name.
Gravy Flavored Kisses’ style dares you to pigeonhole it into one genre. The influences of blues, rock n’
roll, reggae, and gospel can be recognized throughout their repertoire. The result is a mixture of dirty blues riffs, soulful rock melodies, blaring horns, and infectious grooves that combine to form a sound that is diverse, energetic and light on pretense.
Released in November, 2011, the debut EP 'In the Red' features songs about a late night bacchanal, a woman on a murderous rampage, a wife’s plan to wait for her wealthy, elderly husband to expire, and a tragic Mardi Gras Day. “If 'In the Red' was about women behaving badly, the theme of 'The Mail EP' is men behaving badly and women behaving even worse” says Castellaw about the group’s newest EP, which is slated to be released in early November 2012.
The Kisses have been busy in 2012. Along with recording sessions, an impromptu Mardi Gras sidewalk show, performances at Uptown’s Le Bon Temps Roule, and playing festivals in southeastern Louisiana, they have branched out to the Gulf Coast. They spent the better part of the summer making a big splash
at bars, blues clubs, festivals and honky tonks in Alabama and Florida.
And 2013 promises to be even busier. Look for a full length album, performances at world famous New
Orleans venues, and shows in your neck of the woods.