Leaf Hound’s 1971 album ‘Growers Of Mushroom’ has passed into record collecting mythology, as one of the most valued items from the 1970s. The debut album from the band fronted by dynamic rock singer Peter French is a classic of hard rock power.
Peter French came to fame with such groups as Black Cat Bones, Atomic Rooster and Cactus, led by former Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice. Later Peter formed his own band Leaf Hound and released ‘Growers Of Mushroom’ (1971) with its distinctive art work and driving performances. Thanks to the album’s CD reissue by Repertoire, increasing attention encouraged French to put a new version of Leaf Hound together with young guitar virtuoso Luke Rayner.
The group featuring Peter and Luke with Ed Pearson (bass) and Jimmy Rowland (drums) has performed regularly at clubs and festivals and released a fine new album ‘Unleashed’ with such hard hitting tracks as ‘Too Many Rock’n’Roll Times.’
Peter describes Leaf Hound’s music as: “Classic Seventies style rock. Add a dash of Hendrix, a little Cream and Zeppelin and shake it up with a pinch of Free and you get freshly cooked Leaf Hound. Luke is a very mature and intelligent young man. When it comes to music we talk the same language. Our aim is to put balls and feeling back into the rock scene.”