Get to Know The Color Morale
peta2 took a trip down to Texas last week to stop by the Never Say Never and South By So What?! festivals. While we were there spreading the word that flesh is for zombies, we caught up with Ryan Pulice, who was on stage with Rise Records band The Color Morale. Check out what Ryan had to say about how one of peta2’s own influenced him to go vegetarian:
1. Introduce yourself! How long have you been playing with The Color Morale? How did you get involved in your local music scene?
Hi, everyone! I’m Ryan Pulice, and I play bass for The Color Morale. I’ve been playing with the band for about four months, but it’s felt like I’ve known them for a lifetime already. My old band Rosaline played a bunch of shows with them in the Chicago and northern Illinois area. The local scene had a really tight group of bands, and we always did what we could to help each other out and promote one another. Nothing is better than seeing your friends succeed after you know how much hard work everyone puts into what they do.
2. What was your first introduction to peta2?
I remember the day well—it was September 19, 2007. A beautiful early fall day in Chicago. I decided to go see one of my favorite bands, Rise Against, at a hometown show. In the lobby of the venue, there was a table next to all of the merch, and it had a bunch of peta2 pamphlets and stickers on it with little chicks on them that said, “I’m NOT a nugget!” I overheard a discussion that one of the peta2 tour crew members, Paige Snyder, was having with someone, and I interrupted and blurted out, “People need to eat meat to survive.” That one sentence resulted in a three-hour discussion that opened my eyes to the truth.
3. What prompted you to go vegetarian? How has that transition positively impacted your life?
Well, after the show, I went home and watched “Meet Your Meat,” and looked into the facts of factory farming and the meat industry much more closely, and I was horrified and disgusted with what I found. I couldn’t go on being ignorant and contributing to something so wrong. I can honestly say that every aspect of my life has been positively changed since becoming a vegetarian. I feel healthier, I have more energy, I don’t get sick half as much as I used to, and I’m a happier person knowing that I’m helping those who can’t help themselves.
4. What are some of your favorite vegetarian foods? Are there any places that you love to hit up on tour?
Oh, man, I love pretty much all food, but my absolute favorites are pad thai with extra veggies and tofu from this little place in Chicago, and honestly, I really love grilled veggies and pineapple skewers and sautéed portobello mushrooms with garlic and vegan mozzarella melted on top. I can’t say there are any places in particular that I seek out on tour. I like being adventurous and trying as many different places as I can.
5. 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’d explain as much as I possibly can about all the reasons why it’s a great idea and give my personal history and reasons behind why I do what I do, and I would send them directly to peta2.com to help further explain my reasoning and so they can access the veggie starter kit and start living a healthier, cruelty-free life.
6. What does The Color Morale have coming up that we can look forward to?
Well, right now we are about a week into The Fire and Ice Tour with We Came As Romans, Emmure, blessthefall, and Woe, Is Me. It’s going great! After this, we’re going to be home for about two months and begin writing for the third record, and we will be announcing some pretty awesome summer and fall tours that we’ll be a part of. Keep an eye out for upcoming dates, and come hang at a show. I love to talk to everyone. 🙂