When you say the words 'scotch bonnets,' hot sauce aficionados think of the wrinkly peppers that are a staple of Caribbean cooking. But to reggae music fans, The Scotch Bonnets are the Baltimore/DC outfit who always bring the good-love vibe with their funky reggae, rocksteady, and soul-flavored sound. Though the current line-up boasts members of Scream and Left Alone, the band is the baby of singer/guitarist Kristin Forbes, upon whom the local reggae cats bestowed the nom de guerre Lady Hatchet because of her razor-sharp guitar chops.
Since their debut in December 2009, The Bonnets have been gigging regularly throughout the region. The have opened for The English Beat, The Pietasters, The Slackers, King Django, The Toasters, Bad Manners, and many others.
In April 2013, The Bonnets released their much-anticipated debut album, Live Ya Life. Recorded by the band over two and a half years, the album is a collection of Lady Hatchet's upbeat tunes about tough times, unrequited love, and the fighting spirit to get through it all. The Bonnets raised the money to duplicate the CD through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Among Live Ya Life's many contributors, Angelo Moore of the punk/funk pioneers Fishbone brought his saxophone orchestra to the track "Pim Pim Pim." He also sat in with The Bonnets during their set at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour and has collaborated with Lady Hatchet on other material.
On December 2, 2014, The Scotch Bonnets will be releasing Quest, an EP they recorded with their friend HR, singer of the legendary hardcore band Bad Brains. The group travelled the East Coast and out to the Midwest with HR, opening for him as well as backing him on songs from his Human Rights band. The songs on Quest were culled from sessions done recording the lead-off track for Morphius Records's 20th anniversary compilation, Morphius XX (shipping October 5).
The Scotch Bonnets will also have a track on Hellcat Records' upcoming tribute record to Rancid, Hooligans United (slated for a winter 2015 release) and are booking a spring tour, backing and supporting the pioneering Two-Tone guitarist, Roddy Radiation of The Specials.
The journey is ever-evolving for the Scotch Bonnets and just beginning to pick up speed. The group is ready, willing, and available for bookings in venues, festivals, and private parties throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.