Hedgehog (band)

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Hedgehog Chinese: 刺猬
OriginBeijing, China
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2004-present
LabelsModern Sky, Self-Released
Associated actsB-Side Lovers, Nova Heart (band)
MembersZO (Chinese: 子健)
Atom(Chinese: 阿童木)
He Yifan (Chinese: 何一帆)
Past membersBox (Chinese: 博宣) [1]

Hedgehog is a Chinese indie rock trio formed in 2005 by partners ZO and Atom.[2] The band has a strong reputation throughout the country, renowned for their energetic live performances and catchy song writing.[3]

Entertainment event and venue listing magazine City Weekend listed Hedgehog in their articles The Beijing Bands You Should Already Know About[4] and The Hottest Bands of 2011.[5]

Their musical influences include The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Ramones and Nirvana.[6]

The drummer Atom has been a focal point in the band, known for her small, cute appearance and aggressive drumming style.[3][7] Atom's name references Astroboy, who is known for his small size and power.

Hedgehog song lyrics are sung in both Mandarin Chinese and English, primarily by ZO. Atom also occasionally sings lead vocals.[7]

In 2011, the band toured the US, with Xiu Xiu where they also recorded [Sun Fun Gun] in New York City, as produced by John Grew and Russell Simins from Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.[2]

B-Side Lovers[edit]

Started in 2009,[8] B-Side Lovers was ZO and Atom's two-piece side project whose edgier sound focused more on the songwriting process and instrumental experimentation.[9]

Notable performances[edit]

  • October 21, 2010: CMJ Festival, New York[10]


  • 2006: Happy Idle Kid
  • 2007: Noise Hit World
  • 2009: Blue Day Dreaming
  • 2011: Honeyed and Killed
  • 2011: DEstroy meMOries
  • 2011: Still Alive (bootleg)
  • 2012: Sun Fun Gun
  • 2014: Phantom Pop Star
  • 2015: Neurons
  • 2018: Sound of life towards


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140702000657/http://www.rockinchina.com/w/Hedgehog. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b "About the band". Retrieved 2012-01-10.
  3. ^ a b Newby, Jake. "Preview: Hedgehog (indie rock)". Time Out Group Ltd. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  4. ^ Gay, Lisa. "Local Rock 101: The Beijing Bands You Should Already Know About". Ringier China. Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  5. ^ "The Year in Beijing Rock: Hottest Bands of 2011". Ringier China. Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  6. ^ Azchael. "Interview with Hedgehog". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b Gourlay, Dom (2013-12-09). "A Musical Revolution: The China Wave / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2014-08-22.
  8. ^ "B-Side Lovers Douban Minisite". Retrieved 2013-05-24.
  9. ^ Tung, Liz. "Hedgehog Interviews". interview. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  10. ^ Pearis, Bill. "CMJ 2010". Retrieved 10 January 2012.

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