I got Willy Raygun, bassist of hardcore group Weapons Of Choice, to answer our questions. Don’t miss them playing with EyeHateGod and the Cro-Mags on Friday, September 1st.
List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.
The Haggard Backwoods Experience, Communist Neckties, Hairline Crisis, Weapons Of Choice
What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?
Probably a cliched answer, but I knew I needed to play music when I was 6 and I heard my neighbors cranking Ramones Mania by their pool. I can’t think of anything more pure, more exciting than that.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
I bought a Queers t-shirt at From the Beyond in Oakland when I was 15. I still have it and it still fits!
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love.
More places to play, not that the venues we have aren’t great. I miss the Pub, a lot. You used to be able to go there any night and catch a decent rock show. I really like a lot of the individual personalities you see around town. For every rock star you’ve got guys like Erik Wynn, Jason Jouver, Mike Rosswog, or any of the boys from Dead River. Guys who have done everything and are still supportive and super chill.
What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?
We’re a bunch of gross unsophisticates (except Trav, he’s classy as hell) that eat popcorn off of dirty tables. As for me, I’m a teacher so I use a fake name. I’m bookish, yet excitable.
If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be?
Don’t Ask Me is a newer one of ours that’s really aggressive and really fun to play. You have to catch it live though! It’s a classic hardcore number. It’s a song about general frustration. We aren’t a political band by any means, in fact, our views are all very divergent from each other. We’re hoping to record a follow up to Jam Sandwich soon and it’ll show up on there.
Who would you cast in the movie of your band?
Travis would be portrayed by Mark Strong; refined, bald, and beautiful. Doty would be played by Dudley Moore because he’s drunk, short, and will probably die young. Well, he’d have to already be dead to die young. I’d like to think I’m a young Brian Dennehy. Ryan is clearly Gary Busey.
How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?
What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?
The Queers. I’ve missed them maybe 3 times since I’ve turned 16. Which equals about 30 times I’ve seen them.
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?
I saw a local band steal a sandwich board from the dumbest venue ever. They played for 17 minutes and the band after them, another group of local smokies, played for an hour and a half. It was torture, but it was avenged!
You can next see Weapons Of Choice playing on Thursday, August 24th with Death Card at the Art Center in Butler. After that, they will be playing a huge show with EyeHateGod and the Cro-Mags on Friday, September 1st at Spirit. You can pick up a ticket for this show on the WOC Bandcamp page (while you’re there, make sure you check out the music!).
Check out Punksburgh‘s past Inquisitions, too!
Brian McGee (The Danzas)
Andy Mayer (Eternal Boy)
Jenn Jannon-Fischer (The Park Plan/Garter Shake/The Freshes)
Jimmy Bastard (The Bastard Bearded Irishmen)
Joseph Stephen (Eternal Boy)
Tim Little (Playoff Beard / Nightmarathons / Lansbury / The Shutouts)
Rishi Bahl (Eternal Boy)
Donny Donovan (Dinosoul / Hearken)
Ray Kolcun (Crooked Cobras)