Mindil Beach Markets’ ability to adapt their sound has allowed them to play with acts ranging from Nazareth to Bedouin Soundclash to Del the Funky Homosapien. Though their sound is laced with elements of funk, hip-hop and reggae, at the heart of this heterogeneity is a true passion for rock and roll.
The band, Cam Ainslie (drums), Rod Campbell (vocals/keys), Patrick Codere (vocals/guitar) and Matt Posnikoff (bass/guitar) captured listeners with the release of their self-titled first album in October 2010. Jared Gauthier of The Uniter (Winnipeg) describes the album as “nothing short of musical universality.” MBM toured the album around western Canada and the USA.
On their latest record, ‘It Might Take Long,’ released in March 2013, MBM have both refined and beefed up their sound. Keyboardist and rapper, Rod Campbell, says the album is, “Less reggae, more rock. However, fans of our diversity will not be disappointed.” Since the release of IMTL, MBM have been aggressively touring Canada in the bar, festival and school circuits. To date, Mindil Beach has rocked crowds at festivals like Rifflandia, Live at Squamish, The Big Time Out, Victoria Ska Fest and Tall Tree Festival to name a few.
The band’s passion for music goes hand in hand with their passion for the environment. In 2011, the boys founded The Jellyfish Project, an environmental initiative targeted at Canadian high school and middle school students to generate awareness about ocean sustainability, climate change and environmental stewardship. The Jellyfish Project consists of a live performance by the band followed by a slide show presentation. Over the past year and a half, the program has been presented in more than 90 schools to over 40,000 students, and has partnered with the Vancouver Aquarium, the Climate Reality Project and the David Suzuki Foundation.
During their brief stints in between tours, MBM has found time to record and release a number of singles, the most recent being ‘Erotic Novel.’ The band plans to record a pair of singles this spring and an EP in the summer.