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"Live Preview for show 7/18/12 at Cafe 939"

One of the best songwriters in Boston, David Mirabella's The Rationales have become one of the city's best live offerings. On the new one; The Distance In Between, the alt-country and Americana influences for these audio aficionados shines through. But it's in the live shows where you see the awesome guitar, bass and drums reinforce the rock trapped inside those songs. The Rationales are one fun live act - proven with their victory on Night One of this year's Boston Rock 'n Roll Rumble. - Ryan's Smashing Life


"Live Review of show 8/3/12 at the Middle East, Cambridge, MA"

Following a strong showing in this year's Rock 'n' Roll Rumble, it wasn't much of a surprise that the Rationales would go over big at the Middle East upstairs last Friday. Dishing up power-pop, sometimes with an Americana tint, the five-piece were making their debut appearance at the venue, a highlight on a strong bill. The Rationales ramped up the energy in the room from the start with "No Guarantees," from their 2008 EP The Going and the Gone. But it was "Drunk All the Time" that kicked it up a notch. The title pretty much sums it up, and, creeping past 11 pm, a well-lubricated Cambridge crowd — even those hearing the song for the first time — were singing along loudly by the second chorus, holding Narragansett tallboys high. Led by singer and guitarist David Mirabella, the Rationales have spent the past five years honing a sound that has created some of the most accessible melodic rock around. A great deal has been made about this year's single, "Radio," and deservedly so — the song is fantastic. - The Boston Phoenix


"The Distance In Between Review"

Boston-based pop rock outfit The Rationales are poised to impress their brand of music on you with their latest, “The Distance In-between”. Following 2008’s EP, “The Going and the Gone”, “The Distance In-between" represents a significant step forward into territory singer-guitarist David Mirabella knows well – a land populated with sharp hooks, groovy harmonies, smart lyrics, and uplifting melodies.

It is really difficult to identify the cream of the crop on this record as so many of the songs contain moments worth talking about. But at the end of the day, the tunes I wanted to go back to immediately including the simmering opener, “Real Life”, the breezy “Burned Again”, and Tom Petty-flavored “Slower-Faster”. Most of you will probably be able to spot the distinctive vocals of Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom) punching up “Another Moon”. I actually found “The Distance In-between” to be one of those records that gets better towards the end. Most bands stack their best right up front, but in my opinion this record starts off reasonably good then gets great. Case in point: the gritty and inspiring “Still We Believe” is a fantastic example of how much heart goes into their music.

“The Distance In-between” is a quantum leap forward for The Rationales – a terrifically cohesive record that is sure to please fans of pop rock that have a closet fetish for a pinch of alt-country. Should you check out this band? To not do so would be…illogical.
iPOD-worthy: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 - BMF, May 2011


"The Going and The Gone"

"Not sure where this bunch popped out of (ok, I think it was the Boston area) but this guy David Mirabella and his crew have released a damn good ep here. There's only 6 songs which is a perfect taste (I love eps!) and they do a nice mix of rock/pop tunes along with some alt-country on some others. The opener, "Guardrail" is the former with some sweet hooks and perfect tension while "No Guarantees" sounds like prime Elvis Costello with a slight Americana influence in there. "Far Away" evokes some classic Old 97's with a thumpa dump beat and feathery backing vocals. "Cliché" rocks a bit hard and has a cool opening riff sounding like it was straight off a True West record and "Ruby Colored Halo" is where they go full bore with the gorgeous pedal steel, gentle vocals and sweet acoustic guitars. Not sure if they have a full-length in the can but I hope so because they sure sound ready for it. In the meantime pick this up, you won't be disappointed."
- Dagger Zine, 2009


"The Going and The Gone"

"Not sure where this bunch popped out of (ok, I think it was the Boston area) but this guy David Mirabella and his crew have released a damn good ep here. There's only 6 songs which is a perfect taste (I love eps!) and they do a nice mix of rock/pop tunes along with some alt-country on some others. The opener, "Guardrail" is the former with some sweet hooks and perfect tension while "No Guarantees" sounds like prime Elvis Costello with a slight Americana influence in there. "Far Away" evokes some classic Old 97's with a thumpa dump beat and feathery backing vocals. "Cliché" rocks a bit hard and has a cool opening riff sounding like it was straight off a True West record and "Ruby Colored Halo" is where they go full bore with the gorgeous pedal steel, gentle vocals and sweet acoustic guitars. Not sure if they have a full-length in the can but I hope so because they sure sound ready for it. In the meantime pick this up, you won't be disappointed."
- Dagger Zine, 2009


"Stockbridge to Boston - A Sampler by Twangville"

"These guys know their way around a power pop hook, serving ‘em up by the barrel with choruses that stick in your head for days on end." - Twangville, October 2011


"Stockbridge to Boston - A Sampler by Twangville"

"These guys know their way around a power pop hook, serving ‘em up by the barrel with choruses that stick in your head for days on end." - Twangville, October 2011


"Live Review, The Rationales at Club Radio"

With catchy tunes, a pop-alt sound and jammin' harmonies, The Rationales blew away the already full venue with their music. A testament to the night to follow, The Rationales put on a show that many will remember for times to come - Boston Bloghead.com, October 2011


"Live Review, The Rationales at Club Radio"

With catchy tunes, a pop-alt sound and jammin' harmonies, The Rationales blew away the already full venue with their music. A testament to the night to follow, The Rationales put on a show that many will remember for times to come - Boston Bloghead.com, October 2011


"Bostonians set the controls for melodic power-pop thrills"

Their textured melodic rock, fizzes with an energy that becomes increasingly difficult not to let yourself wholeheartedly sink into.
Crafted with vigour and sharp tunes, a lot of the material has a brash power-pop aesthetic coursing through it, however they do mix in a little bit of pleasing discomfort. The irresistible 'Braedon' takes the stock power-pop ingredients, then adds a touch of Costello’s brash melodic cadences, and a splash of Pavement-esque alt-rock left turns to proceedings, though never enough to throw it off its A1 full-speed course straight to joyous indie-pop thrills. - Americana U.K. (U.K.) August 2011


"Bostonians set the controls for melodic power-pop thrills"

Their textured melodic rock, fizzes with an energy that becomes increasingly difficult not to let yourself wholeheartedly sink into.
Crafted with vigour and sharp tunes, a lot of the material has a brash power-pop aesthetic coursing through it, however they do mix in a little bit of pleasing discomfort. The irresistible 'Braedon' takes the stock power-pop ingredients, then adds a touch of Costello’s brash melodic cadences, and a splash of Pavement-esque alt-rock left turns to proceedings, though never enough to throw it off its A1 full-speed course straight to joyous indie-pop thrills. - Americana U.K. (U.K.) August 2011


"The Distance In Between"

"A raft of catchy melody and nice guitar riffs.Pure and powerful rock songs are beautifully juxtaposed with rootsy rock melodic songs."
- Rootstime (Belgium) July 2011


"The Distance In Between"

"A raft of catchy melody and nice guitar riffs.Pure and powerful rock songs are beautifully juxtaposed with rootsy rock melodic songs."
- Rootstime (Belgium) July 2011


"Americana Meets Phil-Spector"

The backbone of their sound is a heady mixture of West Coast harmonies and jangly guitars that owe more to Teenage Fanclub than the Byrds or Tom Petty but that's certainly no bad thing in my book. Somehow their overall pop sound steers just the right side of edgy to keep the songs interesting and even, 'grown-up' - Maverick Magazine (U.K.) September 2011


"The Distance In Between Review"

Swirling pop, empathetic vocals in front of strong Americana-influenced rock; that's the creative footprint on this new record. And then there's the songwriting! Who hasn't lived out a heartache or asked questions of a starry sky? Behind these thoughts; building bass, guitar and drums drive us home... The Distance In Between is the new creative flag in the sand for Boston songwriter David Mirabella and his band, The Rationales.

Listening to the record this morning, once again - in anticipation of their near capacity album release tonight at the Lizard Lounge, I realize this is one of the best songwriting outfits in New England music today. The Rationales’ previous release, the EP “The Going and the Gone,” was described by the Boston Globe as one of the finest local releases of the year in 2009. Mirabella has a way with words - carefully crafting the language of his soul. That transference works very well with the help of the band; founding member Matt Goldfield (keys), Kevin McMahon (guitar), Sean Black (bass), Mike Mirabella (drums) and Pete Zeigler (guitar).

The Distance In Between was recorded and produced by David Mirabella and Q Division maestro Ed Valauskas (Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker, Jenny Dee). The album notably contains a special appearance by Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz - singing on "Another Moon." This new effort, from start to finish is one that belongs in your record collection. Highly Recommended. - Ryan's Smashing Life, May 2011


"The Going and The Gone"

"As you may or may not know, or actually care for that matter, i am a sucker for the hook and harmonies. knowing this, it should come as no surprise to learn that when i popped in boston boys, the rationales’ the going is gone ep, my ears were like puddy in their hands. fronted by singer/songwriter dave mirabella, the rationales are made up of some of the finest musicians that side of the mason dixon, and their the going and the gone was recorded at the famed q division studio with producer ed valauskas (the gentlemen, gravel Pit, graham parker, juliana hatfield). the ep is a cool mix of big star and kinks like poppiness and wilco and the jayhawks inspired rootsy jingle jangle. check em out!
- Captain's Dead, 2008


"The Rationales: The Going and The Gone"

"Power pop is the best music in the world. And when you find a band that carries on that wonderful tradition, you listen to them, support them, and treasure them. Such a music fan would be advised to check out The Going and the Gone, the debut EP from Boston-based band the Rationales.
The Going and the Gone kicks off with a confident, luxurious mesh of guitars on "Guardrail," followed by the boisterous bounce of "No Guarantees," which comes with a chorus that any barfly should be proud to shout out at their favorite watering hole. The Rationales sustain this wave of raucous, infectious energy throughout the EP--which might be why the closing track "Ruby Colored Halo" comes as such a surprise and a delight. Featuring lovely touches of slide guitar, this sweet, folksy number not only offers another view of the Rationales, supplementing their power pop chops with poetry as well." - Easily Fooled 2008


"The Rationales at IPO Boston 2009"

"A swell of organ here, a dollop of slide guitar there, sparkling pop tunes all around. All of those elements - not to mention last year’s disarmingly excellent debut EP, “The Going and the Gone,’’ which proved one of the finer entries in the local music sweepstakes - are the calling cards of a quintet that expertly blends power-pop guitar crunch with a dash of country-rock flavor. What more of a rationale do you need to check them out?"
- The Boston Globe, November 2009


"The Rationales at IPO Boston 2009"

"A swell of organ here, a dollop of slide guitar there, sparkling pop tunes all around. All of those elements - not to mention last year’s disarmingly excellent debut EP, “The Going and the Gone,’’ which proved one of the finer entries in the local music sweepstakes - are the calling cards of a quintet that expertly blends power-pop guitar crunch with a dash of country-rock flavor. What more of a rationale do you need to check them out?"
- The Boston Globe, November 2009


"The Distance In Between Review"

"A couple of lineup shifts haven’t shaken the Rationales’ approach in crafting what they’ve come to do so well: finely wrought, lushly layered pop that sounds effortless in its execution. On the band’s breezy yet burnished full-length follow-up to ’08’s “The Going and the Gone’’ EP, singer-guitarist David Mirabella drives the quintet — which now includes brother Mike (Scamper) on drums, Sean Black (the Eines) on bass, new addition Pete Zeigler (Hey Now, Morris Fader) on guitar, and founding keyboardist Matt Goldfield — through 10 tracks that tackle what the title promises. Winning tracks like “Tongue Tied’’ and “Burned Again’’ explore the emotional as well as physical spaces that mark the distance between getting from here to there (whatever your emotional “there’’ may be), while others (“Another Moon,’’ featuring Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz on backing vocals) take stock of the places you end up. “Real Life,’’ which opens the album on a strong note, examines both sides of the equation with a power pop flair fringed with alt-country detail." - Boston Globe, May 2011


"Breakheart Skyline CD review"

..."Mirabella's melodious melancholy is modeled on the masters of such things: Neil Young, John Lennon, and maybe even a little Nick Drake. Slow and misty, the nearly hour-long CD Breakheart Skyline is more than satisfying. " - -Jim Santo from Demo Universe


"Various Listener Reviews"

... "Soaring sounds of Hope from the edge"

..."This catches the listener's attention. Love the dobro, and it's sparing use. Instantly takes me above the tree tops. Vocals remind me of early Neil Young, before the acid. It also has a nice Elliot Smith slant, with down trotten lyrical strokes"

..."Some raw stuff, some progressive stuff. I like that this seemlessly blends Smashing Pumpkins sort of 90s alternative rock and Johnny Cash sort of 60s country. It has a very unique and original sound. I also like that it is not overplayed. The arrangements really give it some air to breathe and lets the listenener attach to the vocal delivery and slide acoustic guitar without anything else getting in the way."
- Mp3.com


"The Going and the Gone"

The Going And The Gone is the debut album from Boston-based quartet The Rationales. The guitar-driven album is reminiscent of Elvis Costello at his saccharine pop best. Each song is a multilayered hook-fest with carefully constructed instrumentation and vocal balance that makes it one of the better power pop albums you’ll hear this year.

“No Guarantees� is a prototypical power pop song about maneuvering through a new relationship. Everything from the subtle background vocals to the simple yet effective guitar work to the overblown keyboard-bordering-on-organ sound adds layers to the song that create an irresistible mix of swirling ear candy. Three of remaining the tracks on the album (“Far Away,� “On The Vine� and “Cliché�) follow a similar musical pattern, but The Rationales differentiate each song just enough to keep the album moving forward and the hooks interesting.

In the case of The Going And The Gone, each track adds to the hypnotic layering and melodies the band created and nothing should be changed. (self-released) - Northeast Performer Magazine


"The Going and the Gone"

The Going And The Gone is the debut album from Boston-based quartet The Rationales. The guitar-driven album is reminiscent of Elvis Costello at his saccharine pop best. Each song is a multilayered hook-fest with carefully constructed instrumentation and vocal balance that makes it one of the better power pop albums you’ll hear this year.

“No Guarantees� is a prototypical power pop song about maneuvering through a new relationship. Everything from the subtle background vocals to the simple yet effective guitar work to the overblown keyboard-bordering-on-organ sound adds layers to the song that create an irresistible mix of swirling ear candy. Three of remaining the tracks on the album (“Far Away,� “On The Vine� and “Cliché�) follow a similar musical pattern, but The Rationales differentiate each song just enough to keep the album moving forward and the hooks interesting.

In the case of The Going And The Gone, each track adds to the hypnotic layering and melodies the band created and nothing should be changed. (self-released) - Northeast Performer Magazine


"The Rationales"

Power Pop was a lost art even the first time around. Artists read like a secret cult list: The Flaming Groovies, Dwight Twilley, The Records, The Dangers, The Raspberries, and Big Star. I like the power pop of The Rationales because they hang on to what makes a great record: chords that count, melody, backing vocals! Unlike the ornate English pop variety, these songs come more from American pop tradition, straight ahead, earnest, punchy rock, with solid vocals, intelligent guitar dynamics and lines here and there that sink a little deeper. Listen to No Guarantees or Far Away and it is not like going back to when power pop was great and lacked respect. In The Going and The Gone, The Rationales are finding new respect for pop in the here and now with real songs played from the heart.
- -- Chris LeRoy, Songwriter: Cracker/The Bellrays


"The Rationales at the Lizard Lounge"

all sorts of great! The Rationales are now a five piece band, and they are out-freakin-standing. On the 8th of March at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA they blew everyone out of the water. Seriously.
It was a SOLD OUT SHOW. Well deserved too. We had a great time, I got up to dance for the last two songs (my faves, No Guarantees and Far Away) I was there with two broken feet. Yep. But you couldn't possibly stay in your seat for these last two numbers!
The Rationales CD is finally seeing the light of day, and on the 30th of May, you should get your buttinkski over to TT the Bear's Place in Cambridge for their CD release show. There will be special guests and they open for The Gentlemen. Very cool.
I am so happy that this CD is coming out. They have obviously been working very hard, and you can see progress with every single show that they put on.
They have amazing chemistry with each other and with anyone that takes the stage with them. - The Randomness That is Jesse Blog


"The Rationales at the Lizard Lounge"

all sorts of great! The Rationales are now a five piece band, and they are out-freakin-standing. On the 8th of March at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA they blew everyone out of the water. Seriously.
It was a SOLD OUT SHOW. Well deserved too. We had a great time, I got up to dance for the last two songs (my faves, No Guarantees and Far Away) I was there with two broken feet. Yep. But you couldn't possibly stay in your seat for these last two numbers!
The Rationales CD is finally seeing the light of day, and on the 30th of May, you should get your buttinkski over to TT the Bear's Place in Cambridge for their CD release show. There will be special guests and they open for The Gentlemen. Very cool.
I am so happy that this CD is coming out. They have obviously been working very hard, and you can see progress with every single show that they put on.
They have amazing chemistry with each other and with anyone that takes the stage with them. - The Randomness That is Jesse Blog


Discography

*DREAM OF FIRE (December 20, 2013) EP

* RADIO (March 19, 2012) SINGLE
- Named '2012 Standout Jam of the Year" - Boston Phoenix, - Voted '2012 Local Song of the Year' - WMWM Salem Radio Listeners Poll
- Extensive College Radio Airplay

*THE DISTANCE IN BETWEEN (May 14, 2011) LP.
Recorded at Boston's Q Division studio. Produced by David Mirabella and Ed Valauskas (Eli Paperboy Reed, Jenny Dee & The Delinquents, Graham Parker, Juliana Hatfield)

*THE GOING AND THE GONE (May 27, 2008) EP
Recorded at Boston's Q Division studio. Produced by David Mirabella and Ed Valauskas (Eli Paperboy Reed, Jenny Dee & The Delinquents, Graham Parker, Juliana Hatfield)

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Bio

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The Rationales are known for their layered, lush, memorable songs, their hooks and harmonies, and their exciting live shows.

Earning rave reviews, both critics and fans agree that despite The Rationales sound at different times bringing to mind Power-Pop, Alternative, Indie Rock, Americana, and Brit-pop. The band takes all of these influences, and adds them to their catchy, solid songwriting to create a sound that is as exciting as it is all their own.

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Recent Accomplishments:
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- New EP, "Dream of Fire" to be released Dec 2013.

- Selected to open for the Sheila Divine at the Sinclair (Boston's premiere venue), Cambridge, ma. Dec 2013

- The Rationales have been played or featured on:
WXRV 92.5 "the river", WZLX 100.1 "classic rock", WFNX 102.5 "Boston's alternative", WMWM "Salem State university", WXPL"Fitchburg State College", WUNH "University of New Hampshire", WMFO "Tufts University", NECN cable news morning show, & more...

- The Rationales' music and members have appeared in 2014 feature film "Fat"; performed on Boston area TV show: "The Steve Katsos Show"; appeared on the CBS TV Boston music show "the Bubbler."

- Selected as Main Stage act at the 2013 Harvard Square Mayfair festival which drew 130,000 people.

- Recent Boston show (March 26, at Brighton Music Hall (capacity 500)) Sold out. Several other sellouts in past year.

- Have played the main stage at the Topsfield Fair (which draws thousands of people) three years running to great reviews.

- Single "Radio" Named '2012 Standout Jam of the Year" - WFNX Radio - Boston Accents

- Single "Radio" Voted '2012 Local Song of the Year' - WMWM Salem Radio Listeners

- The Rationales were semi-finalists in the 2012 Rock n Roll Rumble, Boston, MA

- The Rationales "The Distance in Between" appeared on several "Best of 2011 lists including Twangville, Clicky-Clicky, Nanobot and more.

- Multiple Tracks Top 5 on Boston Radio

- The band & it's members have supported and shared the stage with members of Wilco, Nada Surf, Buffalo Tom, Cracker, OKGo, the wooden sky, Kay Hanley and many more.

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Highlights of Latest Reviews:
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"The show is sold out, and BMH is packed. The Rationales sound especially great tonight. Everyone around me seems totally entranced by the music... I feel reminded that this is what it's all about...This is good rock n roll. This is Boston."
- (The Noise, Live Review, Summer, 2013)

"Although I was primarily at Brighton Music Hall to see another band, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I wound up loving the Rationales. Blending the best pop sensibilities with incredibly catchy songs and rocking riffs, the Rationales wowed the audience"
- (Dig Boston, Live Review April 2013)

"The band dove headfirst into a set of vibrant, sparkling, power pop. All of the essential elements were perfectly in place: Sunny vocal harmonies; crunchy distorted guitars; a steady thumping bass; and stomp-your-foot-to-the-beat drums" - (Dig Boston, Live Review, 2012)

"One of the best songwriters in Boston, David Mirabella's The Rationales have become one of the city's best live offerings.." (Ryan's Smashing Life, August 2012)

"Sweaty, working class, well-rehearsed indie rock... as classic-sounding as a Friday at the Rat" - (The Big Takeover, 2012)

" With catchy tunes, a pop-alt sound and jammin' harmonies, The Rationales blew away the already full venue with their music. The Rationales put on a show that many will remember for times to come." (Boston Bloghead.com, Live review October 2011)

"Their textured melodic rock, fizzes with an energy that becomes difficult not to wholeheartedly sink into." (Americana U.K., August 2011)

Band Members