Hey folks! We’re starting a new type of feature here at Punksburgh… artist profiles! Here’s your chance to get to know your favorite local musicians and all their quirks.
First up is Ray Kolcun, currently the guitar player for Crooked Cobras.

List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever. 


Nameless high school band in my basement, Liverball, Raid, Johnstown Flood, The Willows (fill in), Hypnogerms, Trash Magnet, Scattergun, Weapons Of Choice, Crooked Cobras

What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?

What is your favorite piece of merch that you own? (preferably not your own band) 

Probably my Dead Batteries t-shirt that looks like the Dead Kennedys logo.
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love.
I think the scene can be a bit fragmented at times, but other than that, what’s not to love? There’s so many amazingly talented people playing music any night of the week that if you say you can’t find a cool show to go to, you’re just not trying hard enough (or like me, you work nights).

What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t? 

We really do take what we to do heart… and I’m a little shy.


If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be? 


Our newest song, Head Fuck. Because it’s new, and it’s the first song we came up with the two guitar lineup.


Who would you cast in the movie of your band?

Matthew McConaughey – Bill Jasper, Andrew Dice Clay – Jeff Miles, Sir Ben Kingsley – Aaron Zeman, Henry Rollins – Loose Jim and Mike (Bubbles) Smith as myself.


The New Crooked Cobras

How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?


My parents saw me play live once. I didn’t expect them to understand, but being ex-hippies they were actually more accepting than I had assumed. The volume overwhelmed them, but the band I was in at the time was more “family friendly” music-wise than past or future projects. It was great!

What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?

Most likely Submachine, going back to the early 90s.

What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator? 

As a spectator, probably breaking my arm crowd surfing at a Gwar show at City Limits many years ago. As a performer, opening for Leftover Crack at Altar Bar and seeing a giant circle pit develop as my band Scattergun played.

Photo by Kristie Orchard-Lindblom