Paul was 11 years old when he started singing. "I missed the auditions at my grade school for the play "Oklahoma" but got a reprieve from the director, if I would sing in front of the whole class I could be in the chorus. Needless to say I went for it and on the first night I can remember standing on that stage at Saint Christine thinking this is what I want to do! Fast forward a few years... I was in high school cruising after chicks with my buddies John and Harry in John's Ford Galaxy 500 fastback singing Aerosmith trying to drown out the 8 track player and again bitten by the bug! A year later came Paul's first band "The Raw." Then came Nightshift, Nightstar (which toured Canada and is a whole story in its self), Python and Precious Metal. Two members of Precious Metal left to join a Cleveland band called Broken English. Paul was asked to stand in to help singer Paul Nevue.
While singing with Broken English a band call White Noise came calling. Paul joined White Noise in 1983 where his musical journey took off. In the 1980's the place to be was a White Noise concert. White Noise became a regular sold out event wherever the band booked a show. There were times when Charter buses were rented and fans filled the buses to travel to shows outside of the Youngstown area. The band ultimately signed a record deal in 1990 with ATCO Records as Noisy Mama. Everybody Has One was released in 1991. "When we lived at the Stroudsburg, PA band house there were many nights where we would open up our own bar because we were snowed in, bored or both. We would buy a bunch of beer from the beer distributor next door and a bunch of Italian food from the specialty store next door to the beer distributor and we would play poker all night and just pretend like we were actually human beings and not night dwelling banditos." One nite at the studio recording Everybody Has One an ATCO rep was there. She was very straight laced no nonsence. By the end of the night as we were tossing the last piece of furniture out of the window when she stormed into the lounge where we were holed up and shouted STOP!!!!! (As we stared) She said, "You need to light it on fire first." Needless to say rock n roll corruption prevailed. Paul toured throughout the country. The band's video for the song "Heart Of Stone" was featured on MTV Headbangers Ball. The band received great reviews. The critics loved the band after seeing them perform live. Noisy Fans Of America the band's fan club grew into 6 digits. Paul would showed up at fans graduation parties and weddings and would never turn down an opportunity to sit and talk with fans (friends) at shows or if they were hospitalized or home bound because of illness. Noisy Mama would end with the onslaught of grunge. "We started writing some of the best stuff ever at this point. Those songs are still sitting in the can to this day." Then came Interscope Records. They were interested in a song we wrote in NYC called "Nervousness Breakdown Baby."
The band changed their name to Hounds Of Desire. At this point the band was writing, recording and performing the best music in their history. A hard rocking Balls CD was released and a tour that supported it. A local show on New Years Eve, 1993 would be their last as the band broke up.
Paul sang with a band called Triple X for a short term before joining the Pittsburgh, PA based band Voodoo Wagon. Paul found a home writing songs with the band's guitarist, Dominic Fusca. Voodoo Wagon performed many showcase shows including opening for Donnie Iris on September 12 & 13, 1997 at Pittsburgh Nick's Fat City which Donnie had recorded and released a live CD.
With social media sites such as Facebook, the fans have connected with the Noisy band members and their very first question is, "Why didn't you release those White Noise songs?" In 2011, the band decided it was time to give the fans what they wanted. "Out Of The Ashes" took a few years to complete but is exactly what the fans wanted and deserve. A CD release party in April 2014 brought the faithful together and filled the hall.
So the road continues. Skowron explains, "I've been in and out of music since age 18. I never went my own way til 1996. It was about two years after my major label endeavor came to an end. I was offered a gift. A free studio. On off days and late nights that usually went into the morning. Jim Tatarka and Mike Simon opened up the doors and flood gates at the same time. There are over 20 different musicians and friends on this record but it still works. Some days I'd walk in to begin my long night and there would be 2-3 stragglers from the session before. I would look at them, point my finger and say, "What do you do?" Before you know it they were in the mixture of listening to a song they had never heard before and five minutes later recording it. True trial by fire. Please I invite you to listen to an experience of true expression. Be a part of those nights that turned into mornings that became Resurrection Road."
Fast forward to 2017..
Ok listen up! Here is the "Skowron’s Noisy Mama" story!
I got the call from Scott Bender (bass player) with Baton Rouge band. “Hey Moose can you fill in for our singer at the M3 festival “thee greatest festival of 80s and 90s rock bands“ of course, I said yes. I had one month to learn a half hour set of Baton Rouge music, and that open my eyes to the fact that even though I hadn’t performed for a very long time, I was still ready, willing and able to rock!
That experience and playing with pro musicians in front of 18,000 people got me thinking. So I set out to start performing the songs that I co-wrote with White Noise and Noisy Mama that spanned from 1982 to 1991. As great bands go it took some time to find the right players. I called upon original members, Carlo Infante (White Noise /Noisy Mama and Tommy Rich (Noisy Mama) to come along and I was happy when they accepted! Finding the right guitar players was quite a journey, but it was a friend who I hadn’t seen in years Billy Morris, who I called upon. He was in the band Warrant and Kid Wicked and many more. He committed and he told me about his young protégé Dougie Manross who played with Ripper Owens. I asked and he accepted and so the journey began! To sum it up it’s not really about any of us it's about great songs that need to be heard. HERE WE GO!!!!!!