Artists / Bands, Culture, Indie / Alternative, Releases, Rock — August 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hedgehog: Perfectly Prickly


Like their namesake, Hedgehog are simultaneously prickly yet adorable, overwhelmingly cute yet with a wild streak. Sticking to this philosophy, the Beijing-based trio have recently released an album entitled “Sun, Fun, Gun”, combining the sounds of punk, psychedelic rock and noise with Hedgehog’s unique energy & power. Comprising of vocalist/guitarist ZO ( 子健 ), bassist Fun ( 何一帆 ) and feisty female drummer/vocalist Atom ( 阿童木 ), the core of Hedgehog’s sound is derived from the lifestyle of Chinese youths living in the 21st century juxtaposed with messages of self-sarcasm, self-comfort and struggle. Get your little paws on a copy via Love Da Records.

 “Sun, Fun, Gun” sees Hedgehog collaborating with John Grew, an up and coming New York based producer whilst recording at Warm Records and Rubber Tracks. With the addition of  Gillian Rivers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) playing the violin on “Choose Whatever You Want All The Time” and Yan Yu Long (Chui Wan) playing the violin on the track “The Loneliest Day”, this album also marks first release after the joining of their new multi-talented bassist, Fun.

“…what is probably their best album to date, turning back to their original raw sounds and heavy guitar.”
– Time Out Beijing, April 2012

Watch their culturally colourful official video for “Dear Boy I Wanna Be Your Girl Friend” below!



Hedgehog, like many of the best bands in Beijing, was founded in the miracle years of 2004-2005, in January 2005, specifically. For some inexplicable reason they didn’t seem to make much of an impact early on, but we first met them when they played a series of concerts at D22 in late 2006, during which time they very quickly became one of the favorite bands. In late April 2007 they performed a concert that smashed the sound barriers and created such an uproar that within a month they had catapulted into position as one of the most talked about underground bands in China.

Hugely popular with both musical hipsters, for the brilliance of their compositions and performances, and with rock and roll party animals, for their wild, out of control pop frenzy, Hedgehog’s music is totally approachable and totally unique. Percussionist and vocalist Atom(阿童木) is a tiny girl who just barely peeps over the top of her drum kit but who bangs out explosive rhythms like a monster possessed. Bassist Box(博宣), the person responsible for keeping the band in line, punches out the tight bass lines that hold the songs together while seeming lost in oblivion. Guitarist and vocalist ZO(子健) slashes out huge waves of chords that seemed to fit perfectly within the songs yet at the same time tear them apart — while jumping, twirling, staggering and even falling over several times during his performances without letting up for the slightest pause. Hedgehog is a classic power trio with three of the best performers in Beijing on their respective instruments, but it is their song-writing skills that make this band more than just a great performance band and one of the most important in China.

— Adopted from D22