Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Album: UPSTREAM. Out August 3 with Middle East Cambridge Release Party!

The Rationales UPSTREAM will be released at the Middle East Downstairs on August 3 with a release party bill to write home about - The Rationales (CD release), OldJack, The Curtis Mayflower, Red Red Rockit and Nate Rogers & the Unreliable Narrators (debut show) will play an early show (730 doors, 8pm Show).

The show is also Mike Mirabella's birthday show! (he asks that shots be saved for after our set!).

We are SO excited to share UPSTREAM with you. Grab tickets early. Its $10 advance, $12 at door.
ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/the-rationales-the-curtis-mayflower-middle-east-downstairs-cambridge-ma/venueartist/337303/2387594

UPSTREAM is the most collaborative and diverse collection of songs The Rationales have recorded yet, the record marks the debut of newest Rationale Adam Hand on Pedal Steel, features songwriting contributions from several members of the band reinforcing singer-songwriter David Mirabella's anthemic material.

New Songs include album centerpieces such as the 'Big Star meets Greg Dulli' rock of "Trade You," the seven minute "Climb the Ladder," (featuring lead vocals by drummer Mike Mirabella during a sprawling breakdown penned by Mirabella, Lieb, and Mirabella) and the epic "Dulcinea", (a song exploring the location of the line between regret and fantasy), the quiet urgency of "Under the Gun" and the R.E.M. meets Cheap Trick rock of "Ready to Go" - along with the previously digital-only released advance singles "All the While" and "Take a Ride with me" both of which feature additional recording and remixing.  

The Rationales will release UPSTREAM on August 3 at Boston's storied Middle East Downstairs Club.  Advance tickets are onsale now.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Big Spring/Summer Ahead for The Rationales! Plus: Cambridge Show 4/28

Been a while. How's it all treating you?

We had an amazing end to the year last year with festival dates in Nashville, New York and Toronto and some amazing shows here in the Northeast as well.

2017 is off to a great start. We are finished with our new record which will be out in the coming months, and we have some great shows on tap.

April 28 we are joining our good friends AIRPORT and MILL POND FALLS for a show at THE LIZARD LOUNGE. We're sure you know what a great room the Lizard is. Amazing sound, amazing beer list, great food and all around comfortable vibe. We love playing there and have had some of our favorite shows there. This one promises to be amazing. If you haven't seen Joe McMahon and Mill Pond Falls yet you are in for a treat. Airport will be playing a ton of new music as will we. Grab tickets early for this one as the Lizard's capacity gets smaller every week.

Stay tuned for more. We are in gear and so excited for the new record. We are also working up a batch of about 20 new songs to record very soon after this record is out so expect lots of new music coming from us soon.

Friday, September 9, 2016

THE RATIONALES are coming to NASHVILLE


Just announced: THE RATIONALES will play THE MERCY LOUNGE Friday, September 16 as part of THE OUTLAW ROADSHOW! 

Boston's The Rationales, a band trafficking in American ROCK of the Songwriting and passion first variety,  fresh off a stellar show with fellow outlaws and Nashville natives Buffalo Rodeo, will make their first Nashville appearance as part of THE OUTLAW ROADSHOW. A roving music revue (founded by Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life, and Adam Duritz, of counting crowes) that puts people, and music, first. The roadshow will hit the road this autumn for shows in Nashville, New York and Toronto, and the Rationales are excited to be a part of it!
Stay tuned for more details!



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Two Great Shows this weekend!

Following last month's great two nighter at Nightshift Brewery and Arlene's Grocery in NY, we've got another great weekend coming up This Sat and Sun (May 21 and 22). Both are beer events but also are family friendly and will have a great lineup of food, music and fun.

This Saturday, May 21, The RATIONALES are psyched to be a part of the BENT WATER BREWING BLAST OFF - GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION. If you haven't been or heard of them - Bent Water Brewing are a great new craft beer brewery right here in our own backyard - specifically Lynn, MA. A great new Brewery and taproom is open on the Lynnway (corner of commercial street) and they're throwing a party to remember. Runs noon to 9pm and we play a TWO HOUR set (lots of rare originals, some fun covers, and a chance to see us with our newest member - Adam J. Hand on Pedal Steel Guitar!) We play at 5pm and are followed by OldJack. Tickets and Info Here.





On SUNDAY May 22, THE RATIONALES are kicking of the day at the LEXINGTON BATTLE GREEN BBQ FESTIVAL. I went as an attendee last year and i can not tell you how much fun i had. An all day family friendly outdoor festival featuring lots of the area's best BBQ, Live music and an amazing selection of Craft Beers. (Last year selections included Heady Topper, Sip of Sunshine, Trillium, Bissell Brothers and more. This year the featured beer for the day sunday is Other Half from Brooklyn. Great Stuff!)

The day is packed full of great music of all styles and we kick it all off with a Two Hour set at Noon. Click here for more info.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Rationales at the Lizard Lounge TONIGHT! Plus Outlaw Roadshow Radio Today!

Tonight is here! Saturday Feb 20 - join us The Rationales at the lizard Lounge as we play with our good pals The Summer Villains and Glenn Yoder. Glenn is swinging thru town on a short tour - returning to boston after having moved to DC. It's going to be a great show. We are on first so get there early!

Also - tune into the OUTLAW ROADSHOW on WEMF radio at 4pm to hear us in studio hanging with Ryan, talking music, whiskey and the show tonight.

Monday, December 14, 2015

New Single and Video "Take a Ride with Me" NOW AVAILABLE!

A little while ago we went into Transference Audio in Arlington to cut a new single with out pal Matthew Girard (Parks, Golden Bloom).

The result is out today - our new tune "Take a Ride with Me"

See the new video here
 
and stream or download the song here (or at iTunes): 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

CMJ Week - The Rationales at the Outlaw Roadshow New York Oct 16!

The Rationales are so psyched to be a part of the Outlaw Roadshow at the Bowery Electric on Oct 16.



RSVP here: http://www.theoutlawroadshow.com/

Here's what the Boston Herald has to say about it:


In 2012, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz and Boston music blogger Ryan Spaulding of Ryan's Smashing Life created the Outlaw Roadshow. The free showcase at Austin's SXSW festival highlighted up-and-coming bands, like so many other showcases.
But unlike other events, the Roadshow had legs. Instead of flashing for a year or two, the project expanded to New York's College Music Journal festival and, last month, to Nashville. Now it looks to expand internationally with a trip to Israel in November...

Of course, Outlaw will continue in NYC this fall too. For three nights: Oct. 15, 16 and 17, The Roadshow NY will offer free showcases with 36 live acts at the Bowery Electric. Fans can RSVP to attend the event via the Outlaw Roadshow app, available for IOS/Apple and Android.
Artists included in this year’s New York lineup include Buffalo Rodeo, These Wild Plains, K Phillips, Jill Andrews, Diana DeMuth, Ninet Tayeb, The Quaildogs, Mobley, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Cheyenne Medders, The Longwalls, Ryan Hamilton, Golden Bloom, Skunkmello, Matt Sucich, Seth Adam, Alan Semerdjian, INFJ, Lauren Marsh, Daniel Thomas Phipps, Town Meeting, Daniel Blue (of Motopony), Avid Jacob, Butch Parnell, Sean Barna, Tyler Stenson, Julie Rhodes, and Allysen Callery.
Also on the bill will be Boston acts OldJack, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, Nate Leavitt, The Rationales and Aloud.
And Duritz will likely be in the front row — literally — for all of it.
“He watches almost every band while standing right up front," Boston guitarist Nate Leavitt said after playing the Nashville party. “He's a huge supporter of all the Outlaws."
For Duritz, the project is all pleasure, no work.
“Seeing the music up-close is kind of the point, so why wouldn't I be up there next to the bands?" he asked. “I love seeing music. I love these Roadshow bands. They're the best time."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Happy Summer!

Cheers! Lets raise one to summer. Enjoyed the longest day of the year and hunkered down for our first tornado watch of the season (we had like 1 in 4 decades, now we have them every year), I thought it'd be a good time to check in about what THE RATIONALES have coming up for the next little while.

We are taking it a bit easy on Boston shows in the coming months - we need to get geared up for our next record and so decided to play a couple of big shows rather than lots of times....

If you haven't seen us lately we've revamped our set quite a bit - playing a bunch of unrecorded songs and really having a great time playing. Our latest single "ALL THE WHILE" is a summer song if ever there was one. (Love by porchlight, among other things...) and in a few short weeks we'll drop our new single "TAKE A RIDE" another burner about roads and humid nights, all the good stuff.


Check out these and other new tunes (READY TO GO is another new favorite) at our upcoming show JULY 14 at T.T. The Bear's Place. Sadly as you know TTs is closing its doors a mere two weeks after our show and we couldn't be more upset to be losing what has truly been our Boston area home-base. From our first EP release show for THE GOING AND THE GONE in 2008, to our semi's run in the 2012 RUMBLE, -- and the other two dozen times we've played there... we love it like its not possible to explain. We want to do it proud and plan to play a send off show for the ages. Also on the bill are the amazing Zerobot, The Susan Constant, and Await Rescue. It's-a gunna be a good'un.

Then in August we return to Allston for a show with our long-time pals MY OWN WORST ENEMY. It'll be Bob Colby's Birthday show and we know it'll be a fun night. That one is on August 8.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Free Show This Saturday in Harvard Sq!

Join The Rationales at Make Music Harvard Sq, Cambridge this Saturday! We play a free, all ages set at 2pm at Brattle Corner.

It's always at good time and there are a ton of awesome acts also playing all over the square all day long. We hope to see you there!




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Show Tomorrow night at TT The Bear's

Join us as we return to TTs for the first time in a while to open for two amazing bands... The silks and Low cut Connie! We are on first so come out early! We love playing at TTs and hope you'll come hang with us!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Awesome night w the Smithereens!

A big Thanks to everyone who made it out last night to our show at Johnny D's with Watts and The Smithereens. One of our favorite shows ever. Just a blast of a night. Thanks to Johnny D's and the great staff there... to the great guys in Watts and to The Smithereens. But most of all to the people who packed the club and rocked with us!
The Rationales opening for the Smithereens, Johnny D's, Somerville
Photo by Selene Angier









We'll be back in the area with a show at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on April 28 with the amazing Abby Barrett. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

THE RATIONALES w/The SMITHEREENS and WATTS Mar 20!

We are very pumped for this show - we've been friends and fans of Watts since forever and it goes without saying that we've been Huge fans of The SMITHEREENS since a long time ago!

We open this amazing night of rock at Johnny D's Place on Friday March 20 - its an early show at 6pm. You probably don't want to miss this!

Advance Tickets are almost sold out already so if you're thinking of coming - def grab them ahead of time. 

http://johnnyds.tunestub.com/event.cfm?id=191813

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Worcester Telegram & Gazette Review & Preview of Tomorrow's show

Thanks to Victor D. Infante and The Worcester Telegram & Gazette for the very kind words about our new single "All the While" in advance of our show tomorrow (Jan 30) at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester! Come hear it live tomorrow!

"With its energetic and up-tempo "All the While," Boston band the Rationales delivers an alt.-rock love song that's not just terribly addictive, but that comments as much on the song's persona as it does the relationship in question. "The night is distant with the porch light on," purrs one verse, "the cycle hum is growing quicker/I want to see you when you come undone/as you laugh, that you've known, all the while/I've been lucky all along." It's a brash and joyous song about losing one's self in another, but one with some great feeling buoying it, and with an energy that's difficult to ignore. The Rationales performs with Shotgun Waltz and Zerobot at 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Ralph's Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester. (Victor D. Infante)"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Shows in Massachusetts

Barnstorming commonly refers to airborn acrobatics performed on flying planes.

But it also was the term used for the way that musicians would play around New England (and elsewhere) back in the 1920s & 30s. There were tons of locally operated AM radio stations back then - and each one would feature its own local musicians many of whom were DJs on the stations as well. And they would do their radio shows by day and then play live at night - this  created a circuit of venues (anywhere and everywhere that they could play (hence: barns) that were all within driving distance of home - so they could drive the (up to) 200 miles to the show, play, and make it back home in time to be able to do their radio show the next morning. (there was a great piece on this on Radio Boston recently)

The Rationales and our pals in Zerobot decided that we like playing together so much that we'd do a run of shows together throughout the state this winter. We're calling it our backyard barnstorm tour. Its off to a great start after fun shows at The Rosebud in Somerville and The Last Safe and Deposit Company in Lowell.

Next up is a night at Ralph's Rock Diner in Worcester on January 30, with Shotgun Waltz... we wrap it all up back in Somerville on March 7 with a killer bill at the Davis Square Theater.  We hope to see you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank You for a Great Year!


2014 Was Amazing! So much has gone right for us this year - and we have you to thank for all of it! In all honesty - to paraphrase a friend - We do this because we HAVE to. But you listen and support us because you want to - and it means the world to us. We have so much fun seeing you out, knowing that you're listening, watching and following us on this adventure! We look forward, as always, to more of all of it in the coming year!

But looking back, here's a quick review in case there's anything you missed!

RELEASES:


We kicked of 2014 with our newest release "Dream of Fire" - a five song EP featuring favorite tracks such as Radio, Drunk All the Time, Let it Go and more... Dream of Fire was named to several "Best of" lists for both 2013 and 2014.

Its available for free streaming at our website or at iTunes and Bandcamp.



The Fall saw us participate in the Boston Does Boston Benefit album. Our contribution was a cover of Mary Lou Lord's song "Some Jingle Jangle Morning". You'l also find the band Dave Crespo's Afterparty's cover of our song Radio on the compilation.

Proceeds from the album benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston.


Finally we wrapped up the year with the release of our brand new single "All the While". It was released as part of the Keep Safe Boston benefit compilation album. It is the first new song written and recorded with the current lineup of the band and we couldn't be more excited about it. We hope you'll check it out. Any proceeds from its sale benefits Planned Parenthood.



  VIDEOS

    This year also saw releases of two videos from Dream of Fire - a simple Lyric video for "Drunk All the Time"
   

    And an original stop motion animation video made for "This Morning" for us by our friend, China based American artist Anthony Ragucci.


LIVE SHOWS:
There were so many great shows with so many great bands this year - starting with opening for The Sheila Divine at the Sinclair last Christmas as part of Oldjack's Holiday Homage.
We played a bunch of fun shows in Worcester, had a monthly residency of sorts at TT The Bears, Returned to our out of town favorite haunts in Northampton, New York and Salem. Played SxNE's CMJ show, Newport Folk Fest Afterparty: Newport Nights, and The Boston Clawing showcase. Played benefit shows including TT The Bear's for Boston does Boston and Brighton Music Hall for Keep Safe Boston.

Every show we played was special and memorable - but i'd be lying if i didn't say the highlight of it all was the 'dream come true' opportunity we had on June 14 - to play 2 sets at The Blue Hills Bank Pavillion on Boston's Waterfront. Formerly known as Harborlights it is a 5000 Seat ampitheater where we've seen acts ranging from Radiohead, to Wilco, to the Arcade Fire, to Robert Plant, Counting Crowes, etc.etc. It was a big show and we had a blast.

We sincerely appreciate each and every one of you who made it out to a show, told a friend about us, booked a show with us or listened to one of our tracks. You make this what it is - and what it is is awesome.

UPCOMING:
We couldn't be more excited about 2015 - we already have some great shows lined up and are working on our next release - be it a full length or EP - it should be out sooner rather than later! We have some great things planned all throughout the year! We hope you'll join us.

Our first project is a little 'tour' we're calling The Backyard Barnstorm Tour. We and our pals in Zerobot have booked a series of shows throughout the state and will be playing each of them together... along with some amazing other bands. More to be announced soon but for starters:

January 7 (Wed)
THE ROSEBUD DINER - Somerville MA,
THE RATIONALES - ZEROBOT - WHEN PARTICLES COLLIDE

January 17 (Sat)
LAST SAFE & DEPOSIT CO - Lowell, MA
THE RATIONALES - ZEROBOT - Tba

January 30 (Sat)
RALPH'S ROCK DINER - Worcester, MA
THE RATIONALES - ZEROBOT - SHOTGUN WALTZ

Cheers and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

love
Dave, Mike, Sean, Chad, & Dave



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wed Dec 10, Big Benefit show at Brighton Music Hall!

We are honored to be a part of KEEP SAFE BOSTON. An amazing benefit show tomorrow night at Brighton Music Hall. KEEP SAFE BOSTON benefits Planned Parenthood with an early show full of great music and comedy.

THE RATIONALES play early - at 7pm (the show starts at 6)

Also part of the night are Corin Ashley, The Color and The Sound, Drab, Club GRCB, Parlour Bells and Jass Bianci with special guest MC, comedian Jody Sloan.

The event is the followup to the recently released 50 track digital benefit album. Which exclusivley features the Rationales newest song "ALL THE WHILE"

PS: Please head over to WZLX and vote for us in the top new songs of the week poll at the bottom of the page so we can stay on the chart next week!



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tonight! THE RATIONALES open for Ghostland Observatory's Aaron Behrans!


Tonight! (Wed Nov 19) at Great Scott (Comm Ave), The RATIONALES and pals The Easy Reasons open for Ghostland Observatory's Aaron Behrens & The Midnight Stroll.

Going to be a blast. Tickets are $12 and the show kicks off at 9! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

THIS SAT. Early Show at Middle East Cambridge!

The Rationales, The Easy Reasons and The Heave Ho. Middle East Upstairs, Sat Nov 8, 7pm start!! (all ocver and done by 10)

A lot of our pals are often saying they can't make it to the late sets - too much going on on the weekend mornings - well this one's for you. and them. and anyone who wants to rock early and/or catch other shows later. 

Join us! 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Saturday - The Rationales in NYC!

Very excited to return to NYC for the first time in much too long. Playing at Carroll Place on Bleeker St. at the "For Liberty's Sake" SxNE showcase during CMJ. Hope to see you there NY friends! It's free with RSVP.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Show Tonight! New Song!

New Song! Plus Shows Tonight in MA & Next week in NYC

Cambridge Tonight! CMJ Next Weekend!

Lots to tell you about. Tonight's show at TT The Bear's is a benefit for the Animal Rescue League of Boston called Boston Does Boston. Featuring Boston bands covering other Boston bands, it's a lot of fun.

We are really excited to have recorded our version of Mary Lou Lord's "Some Jingle Jangle Morning". Also we are honored to have DAve Crespos Afterparty doing their take of our tune Radio.



Next Saturday we'll be at Carroll Place in NYC for the SxNE "For Liberty's Sake" Showcase during CMJ. It's been too long since we were last in NY!