5 Questions With Brighter Than a Thousand Suns
When we got tipped off that three out of the four members of Brighter Than a Thousand Suns are vegan, we knew we needed to know more! We met up with BTATS guitarist Randy Roswell to get his take on our favorite five questions. Check it out!
1. What prompted you to go vegetarian? Were there any bands, books, etc., that influenced your decision?
It was about 16 years ago when I became vegan, and I was listening to Earth Crisis a lot. Nearly every song had something to do with nonhuman animal consideration, and it began to really hit home for me. One book in particular that had a huge influence on me and still stands just as strong today is Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation. You won’t find a more consistent code of ethics anywhere than that guy.
2. What are some of your favorite vegetarian and/or vegan foods?
Being somewhat of a culinary enthusiast and weekend warrior chef, I feel that any cuisine can be made vegan, so I don’t really feel such a separation so as to put food that’s vegan-friendly into a cuisine class all its own because anyone can eat it, ya know? Having said that, I make a really mean vegan mac and cheese that really warms the cockles, and Angelika and I really enjoy my white bean and escarole soup. Various preparations of seitan are also a mainstay in our diet because it’s so malleable flavor- and texture-wise.
3. Of all the major animal rights issues (factory farming, animal testing, animals used in entertainment, dogfighting, etc.), are there any issues that are particularly close to your heart?
Factory farming is definitely something that I feel people really need to be more educated on. I personally don’t see how anyone could watch a movie like Earthlings and not want to change their mind once they’ve been exposed to the vivid, sobering truth of factory farming and slaughterhouse conditions. The fact that animals are put in such places is simply appalling alone, but the conditions they’re exposed to and have to endure while there just add insult to injury. In fact, our song “Walls Made of Glass” presents a poetic interpretation of what an animal’s point of view might be in a slaughterhouse.
4. If a fan were to approach you with questions about how to get involved with animal rights, what advice would you give him or her?
I would recommend educating themselves as much as possible. Knowledge is power. Read books like Animal Liberation and watch movies like Earthlings and find out the truth. You have to know what we’re up against first. Then a course of action will naturally follow.
5. What’s up next for Brighter Than A Thousand Suns?
We’ve got a lot of tours on the horizon with some pretty rad bands. We’re going out with Farewell to Freeway and Wolves at the Gate in November/December, and there’s a whole lot more on our plate after that tour-wise, so we’ll be super busy. We’ve also got a music video coming out for our song “Walls Made of Glass” really soon, so stay tuned for that!
Very cool! Thanks, Randy! You’re a strong advocate for animals, and we ? you for that!
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns will be on tour throughout November and December. Be sure to check their tour dates to see if they’re coming to your town!