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Some bands act sweet and frilly. Others come off brash and jaded. Rosehips just wants to rock your face off.

Named after one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C, Rosehips is an all-female band formed by Cassie Lewis and Danielle Kelly in 2005. Cassie sings and plays lead and rhythm guitar; Danielle plays lead and rhythm guitar; Jill Harrions plays bass; and Lauren Mattei drums. Rosehips melds early 90’s alternative rock with classic rock and cites Hum, Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, and My Bloody Valentine as main influences. Cassie started playing guitar at the age of 13 and feels gratified to lead one of Columbus’ only girl bands. “Growing up there was a stigma that girls couldn’t play well,” she said. “I’m proud that we’re respected for our musicianship.”

Cassie writes deeply personal lyrics but keeps her themes somewhat general so that people can relate to them better. The song “Loveless” is about a really bad relationship. “It feels really good to yell ‘you were a waste of time’ into a microphone,” she said.

Rosehips will unleash a special “Kill You in the Face” set (reserved for their most precious of gigs) during the Here Comes Your Weekend Parking Lot Blowout set at Surly Girl this Saturday. Be prepared for a Black Sabbath cover and overall “balls out” rock carnage. The Blowout, which benefits local musician health assistance funds, will be one of the band’s last shows with bassist Jill as she’s moving to Oregon to work as a sociology professor.

The band released its first full-length album in 2008 on self-created label Pillow Fight Records and recently began recording a new album with Jon Chinn at Central City Recording.

Rosehips will perform on July 11 at Here Comes Your Weekend Parking Lot Blowout, on August 21 at The Royal Oaks in Youngstown, and on August 22 at Carabar.

Visit them on MySpace or follow them on Twitter for more information.

Alexandra Kelley writes about music for Columbus Underground and can be reached at Alexandra477.com.

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