Leaf Hound

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Leaf Hound
OriginLondon, UK
Genres Hard rock, psychedelic rock, acid rock, blues rock
Years active1969–1971, 2004–present
Associated acts Free, Foghat, Atomic Rooster, Cactus, Wishing Well
Website leafhound.net
MembersPeter French
Luke Rayner
Pete Herbert
Dominic French
Past membersMick Halls
Derek Brooks
Stuart Brooks
Keith George-Young
Ron Thomas
Ed Pearson
Jimmy Rowland

Leaf Hound is an English 1960s/1970s hard rock band. The group has been cited as a major influence on the stoner rock movement. [1]

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

Stoner rock, also known as stoner metal or stoner doom, is a rock music fusion genre that combines elements of heavy metal and/or doom metal with psychedelic rock and acid rock. The name references cannabis consumption. The term desert rock is often used interchangeably with the term "stoner rock" to describe this genre; however, not all stoner rock bands would fall under the descriptor of "desert rock". Stoner rock is typically slow-to-mid tempo and features a heavily distorted, groove-laden bass-heavy sound, melodic vocals, and "retro" production. The genre emerged during the early 1990s and was pioneered foremost by Monster Magnet and the California bands Fu Manchu, Kyuss and Sleep.



Leaf Hound formed in 1969 under their original name, Black Cat Bones. [2] Early incarnations of the Black Cat Bones featured guitarist Paul Kossoff and drummer Simon Kirke who both left to form Free. [2] Black Cat Bones issued one album for Decca Records entitled Barbed Wire Sandwich . They replaced their vocalist shortly after releasing the album, adding Peter French to the line-up. Guitarist Rod Price departed soon after to join Foghat and French added his cousin Mick Halls on guitar. [2] Soon afterwards, Black Cat Bones changed their name to Leaf Hound. At this point the band consisted of French on vocals, Halls on guitar, the Brooks brothers, Derek and Stuart, on guitar and bass respectively, and Keith George-Young on drums.

Black Cat Bones were a British heavy blues rock group from London.

Paul Kossoff English musician

Paul Francis Kossoff was an English blues rock guitarist. He was most notably a member of the band Free.

Simon Kirke British musician

Simon Frederick St George Kirke is an English rock drummer best known as a member of Free and Bad Company, the latter of which he has been the only continuous member since their inception.

Growers of Mushroom was recorded at Spot Studios in Mayfair, London in late 1970. [3] Shortly after the Brooks brothers departed and Ron Thomas filled in on bass. The band toured Europe as a four-piece and released the "Drowned My Life in Fear" single and the Leaf Hound album in Germany on Telefunken. The Growers of Mushroom album was released shortly after (featuring all of the tracks on the self-titled album) but by this time French had already departed to join Atomic Rooster for their album In Hearing Of. [2] French would also later join American hard rock band Cactus. Growers of Mushroom became a collectors item in the years to come and was voted the number one most collectable rock album in Q magazine. [4] It was released on CD in Germany by Walhalla Records with one bonus track, "It's Gonna Get Better" (b-side to the "Drowned My Life in Fear" single). It was re-released by See For Miles Records in 1994 with two bonus tracks, "It's Gonna Get Better" and "Hipshaker". Akarma Records re-released the vinyl version in 2003 featuring one bonus track, "It's Gonna Get Better." It was re-released on CD a third time in 2005 by Repertoire Records featuring the two bonus tracks on the See For Miles release as well as a third bonus track, "Too Many Rock 'n' Roll Times."

<i>Growers of Mushroom</i> 1971 studio album by Leaf Hound

Growers of Mushroom is the first album by British hard rock band Leaf Hound. The album reportedly took only 11 hours to record in Mayfair's Spot Studios. It has become a much-sought-after LP by collectors. Growers of Mushroom became a collectors' item in the years to come and was voted the number one most collectible rock album in Q magazine.

Mayfair area of central London, England

Mayfair is an affluent area in the West End of London towards the eastern edge of Hyde Park, in the City of Westminster, between Oxford Street, Regent Street, Piccadilly and Park Lane. It is one of the most expensive districts in London and the world.

Telefunken German radio and television apparatus company, founded in Berlin in 1903; joint venture of Siemens & Halske and Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG)

Telefunken was a German radio and television apparatus company, founded in Berlin in 1903, as a joint venture of Siemens & Halske and the Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft (AEG).

In 2004 Peter French put together a new incarnation of the band. In 2006 they released a limited 7" on Rise Above Records featuring a live version of "Freelance Fiend" recorded in Soho, London in September 2005. [5] The b-side is also taken from the same recording. In 2007 Leaf Hound released 'Unleashed' on 'Rare Recording'. According to the band's website, a live album is set for future release. Leaf Hound released a live album recorded while they were in concert in Tokyo 2012, Titled Leaf Hound Live in Japan. This was released as a special limited 500-only package which consisted of a green-coloured vinyl, CD, and DVD and a hand-printed poster album cover. The LP was later released in 2013 featuring a different album cover design on Ripple Music released on either black vinyl, or a CD/DVD package; there was also a very limited distribution issued of the vinyl in a yellow-and-black mottled design. 2019 finds Leaf Hound still very much alive, with a concert scheduled at Twickenham's Eel Pie Club in February.

Rise Above Records London, England based independent record label

Rise Above Records is a London, England based independent record label owned by Lee Dorrian.

Twickenham Suburban area in South West London, England

Twickenham is an affluent suburban town in south-west London, England. It lies on the River Thames and is 10 miles (16 km) west-southwest of Charing Cross. Historically part of Middlesex, it has formed part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames since 1965.


New album Unleashed was released on 12 November 2007. It features eight all new compositions by Peter French and Luke Rayner and also a reworking of Atomic Rooster's "Breakthrough". The album has been met with critical acclaim from the music press with Kerrang! calling it, "As good a rock album as you could hope to hear." Classic Rock Magazine noted, "An unpretentious hard rock record, relying on strong songs and powerful performances." French and Rayner were also praised for their production skills, "Preserving the Classic Rock sound."

Atomic Rooster English band

Atomic Rooster are a British rock band, originally formed by members of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, organist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer. Throughout their history, keyboardist Vincent Crane was the only constant member and wrote the majority of their material. Their history is defined by two periods: the early-mid-1970s and the early 1980s. The band went through radical style changes, but they are best known for the hard, progressive rock sound of their hit singles, "Tomorrow Night" and "Devil's Answer", both in 1971.

<i>Kerrang!</i> British magazine about rock and metal music

Kerrang! is a British weekly magazine devoted to rock and heavy metal music, currently published by Wasted Talent. It was first published on 6 June 1981 as a one-off supplement in the Sounds newspaper. Named after the onomatopoeic word that derives from the sound made when playing a power chord on a distorted electric guitar, Kerrang! was initially devoted to the new wave of British heavy metal and the rise of hard rock acts. In the early 2000s it became the best-selling British music weekly.


Stuart Brooks now lives in the Los Angeles, CA area. He was a member of Wishing Well, a power trio led by guitarist/vocalist Greg Leon, who issued their eponymous 1997 debut album on Tokuma Communications in Japan and on their own label stateside.

Gregory Jay Leon is a Los Angeles hard rock guitarist notable for his stints in Quiet Riot and Dokken. He was also in a band called Suite 19 with Gary Holland, who was later replaced by Tommy Lee.

Both Wolfmother and Tame Impala have listed the group as an influence. [6]


Current line-up

Classic line-up



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  4. Leaf Hound homepage Archived 5 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. Leaf Hound at Rise Above Records Archived 1 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. https://www.rollingstone.com/artists/wolfmother