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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Leafhound live in concert

The legendary early 70s heavy rockers who all but invented stoner rock (well, them and Blue Cheer, Pentagram, May Blitz, Budgie, Dark, Elias Hulk, the list is endless....) with the classic Growers Of Mushroom album are hitting the road again, and have chosen the recently re-inaugurated Nags Head Blues Loft in High Wycombe, on Saturday July 21, as the exclusive warm up venue for a series of Japanese dates. NOTE: This is not happening in London, only Wycombe. It's not that far though, less than an hour from Marylebone and 35 minutes from Amersham or Uxbridge Underground station.

Since their reformation, the Hound have re-established themselves in a way they never had a chance to during their original shortlived incarnation, and with the renewed interest in reformed bands from the 65-75 heavy psych/prog/hard rock era- Incredible Hog, Cressida, Mighty Baby, the Deviants- which in all honesty they probably were responsible for awakening, at its peak in the last three years, the demand for them as a touring act has grown and grown. As with many of their contemporaries, of course, the primary interest has been in foreign territories rather than the UK, but they remain based in and around London and remain active on the circuit.

In 2011 they performed Growers in its entirety at the Borderline, and several of the songs they had never tried til then, such as the 10-minute classic 'Work My Body', have remained in the set since. It is not known what delights they will have in store when they hit Wycombe, but whatever surprises Pete French and his crew have in store, they will be of the most sublime kind. They're also continuing their tradition of nurturing young stoner/doom and psych/garage rock talent at this show by having three great bands opening for them in Desert Storm, Sedulus and Black JuJu: although they may not be to all Shindiggers' tastes, they will definitely appeal to those of you who love it heavy yet trippy.

They also keep threatening to make a follow up album to 2007's Unleashed, so you never know, keep pressuring and maybe they'll release it. The campaign starts here!

Leafhound website

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