Culture Reject began as the pop experiment of Toronto’s multi-instrumentalist Michael O’Connell. The self-titled debut on Whitewhale Records introduced his fresh collection of prose-induced, 60’s soul inspired, lo-fi pop songs soon to be characterized as “epitomizing the boldness of the new Canadian sound.” Much of the attention came from the underground hit “Inside the Cinema” —   an understated anthem that revealed a taste for early Modest Mouse as much as for the syncopation of Afro-Cuban ensembles.

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