The Rationales

The Rationales

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Lushly crafted American songwriting, bursting with heart, hooks, and harmonies from a 5 piece band from Boston.

Known both for solid songwriting and dynamic live shows, it has been said that "the rationales textured melodic rock, fizzes with an energy that is difficult not to let yourself wholeheartedly sink into. "



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.

Recent Accomplishments:

- 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.

Highlights of Latest Reviews:

"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, 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)


*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

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)

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)

Set List

When playing a rock club we do a standard 35-55 minute set of originals, maybe a cover occasionally in for fun.

We also can play drawn out 2+ hour mixed sets of originals and covers as needed for parties or longer gigs.