For more than a year, Rosehips have peddled an intriguing sound that evokes early-'90s bands ranging from Smashing Pumpkins and Hum to Sonic Youth and L7.

For more than a year, Rosehips have peddled an intriguing sound that evokes early-'90s bands ranging from Smashing Pumpkins and Hum to Sonic Youth and L7.

Now, with a new lineup and a full-length record ready for release in 2008, Cassie Lewis, Danielle Kelly, Jill Harrison and Lauren Mattei are set to bring their powerful brand of indie-rock to new audiences in and out of town.

Their music is pretty - and it's potent.

"When people hear you're in an all-girl band, people think we're all cute and can half-play our instruments," said Harrison, the bassist.

Kelly, one of two guitarists, quickly added, "Then they come to our shows, and their jaws drop. I use the term 'pillow-fight rock,' because it hits you hard but it's also kind of sweet."

Masculine sounds conveyed with an alluring, come-hither approach characterized the band's first release, One Inch to the Mile, a vinyl released last year on local imprint Manup Music. The best songs feature droning cascades of melodic guitar that, together, create a mountain to house the whispers and soft choruses crooned by Lewis and Kelly. A softer, emptier side often emerges, and it's just as mesmerizing.

The two-song release, as well as numerous appearances around town, had people noticing the group once they remedied a "drummer problem" and brought Mattei into the fold full-time in November.

"This obviously rocks a lot more," said Lewis, who gained regional acclaim performing with The Moist Star and other local folk outfits. "There's a lot more songwriting possibilities with the dynamics of bass and drums."

Those dynamics will be heard again in March, when the band plans to release a self-titled full-length on Nice Life, the upstart label created by Manup founder Ron Barker. Recently, two songs from the upcoming album were recorded by MTV2's On the Rise, an on-demand TV program documenting new and promising bands across the country.

Once the album drops, the band plans to keep their momentum going with some weekend-warrior shows, as well as brief East Coast tours through Philadelphia and Boston en route to New York.