Living on Chinese Indie Rock: Hedgehog | Bruar Falls | 9.4.2011

It was the well-deserved encore and the Bruar Falls crowd — heavily Asian, how often do you get bands from┬áBeijing? — were bouncing around like crazy. A guy who’d been dancing the whole show jumped on stage and immediately didn’t seem to remember why he’d done it. He then tumbled into the drumkit and the amps, bringing Hedgehog‘s set to a crashing end. Turns out that dude was the band’s U.S. tour manager. Don’t let him drive the van guys!

This was the first night of Hedgehog’s stateside jaunt and the band took the stage invasion in stride. The trio may hail from halfway around the world but play a very American brand of indie rock, noisy and melodic, that would sound right at home on college radio. Not revolutionary, but enthusiams makes up for it. The band’s pint-sized drummer, Atom, looks like she is 11 but is no joke: she can whallop with the best of them, and is quite lithe on the band’s more textured songs.

MP3: Hedgehog – Wet Wild Dream

Hedgehog play Cake Shop tonight and leave NYC tomorrow to hook up with Xiu Xiu and New Orleans’ synthpop act Kindest Lines for a East Coast/Midwest tour. Provided their manager survives tonight’s show and gets them on the road, you can check out Hedgehog at a rock venue near you:

Hedgehog – 2011 Tour Dates
4-Sep at Bruar Falls, New York,NY
5-Sep Cake Shop, NYC
9-Sep Grey Eagle Tavern Asheville, NC
10-Sep Southern Charlottesville, VA
11-Sep Metro Gallery Baltimore, MD
12-Sep Altar Pittsburgh, PA 15222
13-Sep Redwood Art Space Plains, PA
14-Sep The Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford, CT 6
15-Sep The Haunt Ithaca, NY
16-Sep Mohawk Place Buffalo, NY
17-Sep Dubland Underground Rochester, NY
18-Sep Happy Dog Cleveland, OH
20-Sep Crofoot Ballroom – Pike Room Pontiac, MI
21-Sep Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
22-Sep Zanzabar Louisville, KY
23-Sep Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati, OH
24-Sep Pygmalion Music Festival Champaign-Urbana, IL
6-9 Oct Culture Collide Festival , Los Angles , CA