Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, The Scotch Bonnets have been bringing the heat and the good-love vibe since their debut in 2009. The crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet, whose tunes blend classic Jamaican groves with a funky fresh approach to American singer-songwriting. The Bonnets self-released their debut album Live Ya Life in 2012 and dropped Quest in 2014, an EP done in collaboration with their legendary friend HR of Bad Brains. Released by Morphius Records, the songs were culled from sessions done recording the lead track to the label’s 20th anniversary compilation, Morphius XX. In April 2015, the band supported and backed guitarist Roddy Radiation of The Specials on a tour of the eastern states. That same month, the Bonnets released a video for their contribution to Hooligans United, Smelvis Records’ tribute to Rancid.

Looking ahead, the Bonnets eagerly await the Memorial Day (May 29) release of their first 7” on Jump Up Records, affectionately referred to as The District. The band is also excited for this year’s Record Store Day (April 22) and the release of Recutting The Crap, a Crooked Beat Records’ LP that reinterprets The Clash’s swan song, Cut The Crap. The Bonnets had the privilege of recording their track at DC’s punk pantheon Inner Ear Studio with owner Don Zientera. They also have a track on Baltimore Does Bowie, Morphius’ upcoming tribute to David Bowie and have finally started recording their second full-length album, due out this year. The journey is continually evolving for these reggae cats, mee-yowza!