IT’S been a whirlwind few years for Paul “The Rev” Mayers since he left Morecambe hoping to make it as a rock musician in the Big Smoke.
Since then the 27-year-old ex-Morecambe High pupil has played guitar for The Prodigy, starred in his own reality TV show, painted the town red with celebrity mate Noel Fielding and generally lived the wild life of a rock star.
Now Rev is back with a brand new band – older, wiser and more focussed than ever before.
Four years have passed since the peak of Paul’s notoriety with punk rockers Towers of London, the self-styled Sex Pistols of the 21st century.The Towers were famous for about five minutes in 2007, mainly thanks to front man Donny Tourette’s brief appearance on the infamous race row Celebrity Big Brother.
The raucous five-piece also spat, swore and brawled through their own reality TV series on Bravo. They earned national tabloid interest in their bad boy antics and praise from celebrity fans including Prince Harry, of all people.
But like the Pistols, the Towers fizzled out quickly. Their album Blood, Sweat and Towers failed to live up to the hype. Then after a series of rows, Rev quit the band that summer.
So what has Rev been up to since then? Paul has been enjoying a slightly quieter life as a session musician but still keeping very busy working alongside some of the biggest names in the industry. After quitting the Towers, Rev was headhunted to join The Prodigy, playing guitar for them on tour.
He also worked with top UK grime act Lethal Bizzle and electronic stars Chase and Status. Now The Rev is ready to unleash his new band The Howling on the world. He says they’re nothing like the rude and crude attitude of the Towers of London.
“I’ve put a lot of time into this project,” Rev said during a break from his London studio. “I’ve taken a lot of the positives from my experience with the Towers and I’ve also learned about what not to do!”
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