Hound vocalist and founder Peter French has been considered an uncut
diamond of the British rock scene for many years.
his work with Leaf Hound, he has been the voice of Atomic Rooster,
Cactus and Randy Pie as well as releasing an acclaimed solo album on
Polydor, 'Ducks In Flight', which featured the likes of Micky Moody,
Brian Robertson and Kenny Jones.
The original Leaf Hound album, 'Growers Of Mushroom', released on Decca
in 1971, has over the years gained a reputation as being one of the true
lost gems of the early British hard rock scene.
copy of the vinyl LP is one of the most sought after albums for
collectors, and now exchanges hands for up to £4000.
It was voted
the number one most collectable rock album by Q magazine. Interest in
Leaf Hound took a seismic shift when the album was first re-released on
CD in 1994, finally giving rock fans easy access to the buried treasure
within. It gained a second re-release in 2005. The music is a prime
slice of classic 70's hard rock - a heady mix of Cream, The Who, Free,
Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
intense public demand, Pete French put a new version of Leaf Hound
together in the Spring of 2004. The band made their live debut in
October of that year at London's Camden Underworld as special guests to
A string of
Underworld shows followed with the likes of Mountain, Orange Goblin and
Witchcraft. The band quickly established a reputation as a potent and
respected live act worthy of the legendary cult status the original band
The live set
features many of the classic Leaf Hound songs from the original album as
well as new material that has gone down as well as, if not better, than
the original material.
Highly acclaimed appearances at the Tapestry Goes West Festival in the
UK and Kaktus Festival in Sweden during the summer of 2005 enhanced
performance at London's Borderline in September brought glowing reviews
in various publications including Classic Rock. The band has also made
several Radio appearances on stations such as Total Rock and Resonance
A brand new
single was released early in 2006 on Rise Above Records and during
summer 2006 Leaf Hound appeared at the annual Roadburn Festival in
Holland and made a highly acclaimed appearance at the Sweden Rock
Festival, as well as headlining the Metal Brew Festival in London.
current album, 'Unleashed' was released in November 2007 on the R.A.R.E/Repertoire
label to highly positive critical acclaim.
track, '105 Degrees', was voted one of the top 100 rock tracks of 2007
by Classic Rock magazine. To launch the release of the album,
they headlined the second night of the All Hallows Festival at London's
2008, they appeared at the Mellotronen Festival in Sweden alongside
Opeth, Comus and Kastatonia. 2009 saw the band continue gigging in the
UK & Europe, including an appearance at the Cambridge Rock Festival.
Leaf Hound returned to the live stage in 2010, accepting an invitation
from Hawkwind to appear at this year's Hawkfest to take place on the
Isle Of Wight, at the site of the original Isle Of Wight Festival in
1970. They will also be making a headline appearance at the Underworld
in Camden on September 17th, alongside Tygers Of Pan Tang.
...an unpretentious hard rock record, relying on strong songs and
powerful performances. (Leaf Hound, 'Unleashed') Malcolm Dome,
As good a rock album as you could hope to hear. (Leaf Hound,
'Unleashed') Alastair Riddell, Kerrang!
...a long-lost and quite wonderful doom-tinged hard rock band Dave
Ling, Classic Rock
...rightful heirs to the Led Zep/Bad Company blues rock crown Pete
Sargeant, Blues Matters
LEAF HOUND IS:
PETER FRENCH - VOCALS
LUKE RAYNER - GUITAR
ED PEARSON - BASS
JIMMY ROWLAND - DRUMS
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17th - THE UNDERWORLD, CAMDEN, LONDON
WEDNESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER - THE EEL PIE CLUB, TWICKENHAM
Essential Pete French:
LEAF HOUND - GROWERS OF MUSHROOM & UNLEASHED
ATOMIC ROOSTER - IN HEARING OF
CACTUS - OT'N'SWEATY
PETER FRENCH - DUCKS IN FLIGHT