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MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #86. July, 1990
HEDGEHOG 7"

The A-side is a jazzy, funky number ala BIG BOYS, etc. The flip is more hardcore, though sill jazzy at times -- kinda DCish, kinda VICTIMS FAMILY. Out of Santa Cruz. (TY)


FLIPSIDE #67. July/Aug, 1990
HEDGEHOG 7"

An impressive slab of young talent. Quick and full of spark. This trio goes sidewinding from funky jazz to poppy punk. All with incredible accuracy and execution. Amazingly 'nuff, it's only 2 bucks postage paid. Don't be an idiot, grab your mom's purse and send off the cash. -KRK


FLIPSIDE. May/June, 1991
HEDGEHOG "PJD 029" (5-song cassette)

A weird hybrid (musically) of Rudimentary Peni and Rush. Progressive man meet pissed-off hardcore man. Now shake hands. Wow! Some Primus here and there. Instrumentally, they are marvels. "Utility Dig" is insanity personified. This band is nuts. -Cake


AIDING & ABETTING. Jan 31, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

Well-orchestratedpunk-funk. What I mean is these guys have the soaring vocalization of other "post-metal" (I really don't like that term) bands channeled into a heavy funk sound. Sorta like if the Red Hots ran into Last Crack and metamorphosed. It's all rather appealing' the bass stays away from the cliche bounce of lots of funk and actually has character. Nice riffs, too. The vocals stride the line between hardcore and melody very nicely, without giving way to either.

HYPE. March, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

Another swinging fast punk rock disk from Diego and Headhunter. Phenomenal musicians in this band, sometimes the songs get a bit convoluted in their complexity. Still fun listening. Reminds one of Seattle's No Name. Cool stuff continues to be berthed of that latent So Cal non L.A. womb. Fuck Seattle, things are happening in San Diego. -Moe
Cool music student-punk. Extraordinarily well recorded and performed. I bet the recording sessions were hell. This thing is tight, fast, intricate, upbeat punk. But I don't think I will listen to it much, I think I'm the big one that got away--no hooks. -Salmon

SHORT CUTZ. March, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

It's great to hear a band that's genuinely into what they're playing, and you won't hear many more into it than Hedgehog. The three-piece unit out of the Santa Cruz mountains play hard, explosive rock with amazing musicianship, complex rhythms and time changes that sound like how Rush would if they were a hardcore band, or possibly Prong minus the New Yawk 'tude. Actually, neither of those comparisons nail Hedgehog. Mike Schmiedt's bass pops along under the harsh, throaty vocals of Eddie Gregor, who also plays a mean six-string. On "Curtains", Andrew Orci plays some tribal beats that just freak me out (meaning in a good way). These guys play so hard, you can almost smell the sweat pouring off 'em. With long, played-out songs and deeply obscure lyrics, this is definitely a different kind of 'core from the norm - volatile and highly recommended.

OPTION #44. May/June, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

The first full album from this Santa Cruz trio offers some of the most musical rage I've ever heard. They admit to jazz and hardcore influences -- I hear some Sabbath riffs, too -- which means they can actually play fast and furiously, instead of play at playing fast and furiously. Generally, this band functions as a three-man rhythm section, and as it shakes and breaks its way through these tunes, Hedgehog suggests the rhythmic intensity of bands like Firehose and Primus. If there's a weakness, it's in the way singer/guitarist Eddie Gregor fits his words around the ever-charging, ever-changing instrumental tracks; sometimes they work, but sometimes they're forced. Everything in the middle of this disc gels, though; the band really comes alive in the breaks of the songs "Pocketfull", "Utility Dig", and the instrumental "Nameless". The anger and sense of purpose the vocals stumble toward is right there in the instruments, and it comes through loud and clear. -Michael Davis

MAXIMUMROCKNROLL #112. Sept, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

Long songs, obscure lyrics and lengthy instrumentals. At first I was put off by all of this thick musicianship and what seemed to be the conscious avoidance of melody displayed here but about half way through this CD I started to groove to some of this. For a three piece these guys can certainly make a big sound. "Living with Pigs" is a highlight. -JD

FLIPSIDE #80. Sept/Oct, 1992
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE" CD

A new blood-splattering release from this great Santa Cruz band. Great elements of jazz and funk (not overused), LED ZEP riffs and a whole lot of punk rock intertwined. "Pocketfull", tight as a fuckin' penny nailed to the floor. An essential late summer release. -Cake

INSOMNIA RECORDS CATALOG. Volume 3, 1993
HEDGEHOG "YOUHAPPYFACE"

Manic bursts of crazed instrumental pyrotechnics.


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