The Scotch Bonnets are funky reggae rockers from Baltimore, Maryland. They are fearlessly led by singer/guitarist Kristin Forbes aka ‘Lady Hatchet.’ Her strong voice soars over classic Jamaican groves adapted to her American singer/songwriter style. It’s party music with a bit of soulful angst that makes you listen to the lyrics as much as move to the beats. And at their shows, it is near impossible not to dance, as their live energy is viseral and infectious.
The Bonnets have become a local favorite at summer festivals, the go-to support band for national acts (such as The English Beat, The Slackers, The Skints, etc), and a favorite summer beach band along the Cheseapeake Bay shores. In 2015, the band built up their road chops as the backing band for Roddy Radiation, lead guitarist of The Specials, on a three-week tour of the USA.
Since their start in 2009, the Bonnets have released one full length album, Live Ya Life (2012) and Quest (2014), an EP done in collaboration with legendary hardcore singer HR of Bad Brains. Released by Baltimore’s flagship label Morphius Records, the songs were culled from sessions done recording a version of “It’s On”, the lead off track to Morphius’ 20th anniversary compilation, Morphius XX (2015).
In 2015, the band gained more attention with their cover of ‘Tropical London’ on Smelvis Records’ Hooligans United, a tribute compilation of Rancid tunes. The Bonnet’s video for this song has since been viewed on YouTube over eleven thousand times.
On the horizon, the Bonnets eagerly await the release of The District 7”, their first foray into vinyl. A love letter of sorts to Washington, DC, the two tracks were mixed by Slackers’ guitarist Agent Jay. The band also will have their version of “Let’s Dance” mixed by King Django for Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie, and version of “Are You Ready” on Crooked Beat Records’ reinterpretation of The Clash’s final album, Cut The Crap. They are also writing and recording new material for their second full length, which should be completed and released in 2017. The journey is continually evolving for these reggae cats and is just beginning to pick up speed. Lookout, 2017; the sky’s the limit for The Scotch Bonnets!