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Joel Grind Of Toxic Holocaust Takes The Thrash Out

One of the most notable thrash revival bands is Toxic Holocaust. The nearly one-man band has made fans of original thrashers and young, curious on-lookers who will now be donning a denim vest and sewing on awesome, classic patches. Toxic Holocaust never misses one fast beat including the green and purple stage lighting, colored vinyl albums, and amazing, energetic throwback music. I quickly spoke to Joel Grind about incessant touring and Halloween plans.

Buick McKane: How are you today?

Joel Grind: I’m doing really good, just drinking some coffee, so I’m feeling pretty good right now.

Buick: I know, I have to drink about three cups a day at least. Your latest album “Conjur and Command” came out this summer. How has the response been so far?

Joel: It seems like the response has been really good. A lot of people are taking to the new album, it seems like. And we just did our headlining tour for that record, and it seems like plenty of people came out, and many of them knew the words. So I guess people own the record. That’s cool.

Buick: Awesome. And the album was available in so many different ways; an LP and DVD of a show, t-shirts. What way do you think it’s selling the best?

Joel: If I had to guess, I think CDs are still selling the most. I don’t know actually, but the vinyl did really well actually. The vinyl sold out really fast. That’s actually going to be re-pressed because it sold so fast.

Buick: Cool. Did you have the colored vinyl?

Joel: Yeah, we did some clear vinyl, did it on yellow, and green. And there’s also just the standard black.

Buick: I love clear vinyl. Anyway, you also released a split with Midnight to benefit Japan. How has that been doing?

Joel: It’s been doing really well also. Relapse has told me that it’s selling really steady. Me and Midnight both thought that it seems like the right thing to do. We have a lot of friends in Japan, and it was pretty terrible what happened there, so we figured we’d help them out, you know. There are two original songs that aren’t released on anything else; we recorded them specifically for this record.

Buick: That’s great. Do you hope to go back to Japan pretty soon?

Joel: We’re hoping to go back there some time next year. Hopefully some time early next year. Nothing definite, but we’re definitely trying.

Buick: You’ve been on quite a few other splits throughout your career. Are there any bands or musicians that you’ve always wanted to do one with?

Joel: Midnight was the one I always wanted to do one with, and it finally came about. Jamie and I have been talking about doing one since 2006 maybe; we’ve been talking about it. So we finally did it, you know.

Buick: Yeah, and you tour a lot. You were on tour pretty much throughout September and you’re going to go to Europe pretty soon. So you’re at home for October. How are you spending your month off?

Joel: I’ve been really busy trying to get our merchandise situated for Europe. It’s kind of hectic because we switched merch companies, so I’ve been really busy doing that. And also, I’ve been working on new songs and various stuff. And I just moved into a new place, so it’s, like, been really crazy this past couple weeks. But hopefully it will mellow out a little bit closer to when we leave.

Buick: Any plans for Halloween?

Joel: You know, I haven’t even thought about it, to be honest. I don’t know, I mean this is the first time we’ve been home for Halloween in I don’t even know how long. Maybe five or six years. Probably something will come up pretty soon, but I don’t know yet.

Buick: Hopefully you get to go out and have fun. Is there anything else you would like to say?

Joel: Basically, just check us out on the road; we’re going to be on tour a lot coming up. If you see that we’re coming to your town, come check us out.

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Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.

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