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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 crew who always bring the good-love vibe with their ska, rocksteady, and soul-flavored sound. Though the current line-up boasts current and former members of Scream, Left Alone, The Pietasters, and See-I, the band is the baby of singer/guitarist Kristin Forbes, upon whom the local reggae cats bestowed the nom de guerre Lady Hatchet.
Since their debut in December 2009, The Bonnets have been gigging regularly, both locally and throughout the region. They have shared the stage with The English Beat, The Pietasters, The Slackers, The Toasters, King Django, Bad Manners, and many others.
In April 2013, The Scotch 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.
On December 2, 2014, The Scotch Bonnets released Quest, an EP they recorded with their friend HR, singer of the legendary hardcore band Bad Brains. The group travelled the East Coast and 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.
The Scotch Bonnets will also have a track on Hellcat Records' upcoming tribute record to Rancid, Hooligans United, which will be released April 14, 2015. They are also booking a 21-date 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.