The Rationales play roots-influenced American rock mixed with a dose of power pop energy and a sense of indie experimentation. The Boston-based quintet was formed when singer/songwriter/guitarist David Mirabella, [who had spent several years home recording solo CDs, and has shared the stage with people like Dan Cray (Beyond Id), and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).] joined forces with drummer Brian Binkowski (Halfnelsons). Before long Matt Goldfield and Kevin McMahon were aboard, as well. Goldfield (bass, keys, mandolin) brings his love of Americana to the fold, while guitarist McMahon (Halfnelsons) brings his atmospheric guitar to the mix. The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when John Maloney (Lorntell) signed on as bassist, freeing Goldfield to move to keys fulltime. A true ensemble, everyone brings individual songwriting, vocal and multi-instrumental talents to the band.
Press reviews of THE GOING AND THE GONE
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Whether it is a full melody that soars out of the haze or the echoing of twangy country-style guitar riffs, The Rationales from Boston put together a sound that is complete and finished. On their debut release, “The Going And The Gone,” The Rationales let themselves do some rocking and rolling with reserved pop rock while still keeping things classy and smart.
- - Plug In Music
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a cool mix of big star and kinks like poppiness and wilco and the jayhawks inspired rootsy jingle jangle. my ears were like putty in their hands.
- - Captain's Dead
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"With an exuberant blend of pop, rock, and Americana seamlessly intergrating with their inherent indie spirit, The Rationales are poised to make their mark in Boston and Beyond."
- - They Will Rock You
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The Going and the Gone kicks off with a confident, luxurious mesh of guitars on "Guardrail," followed by the boisterous bounce of "No Guarantees," [and] sustains this wave of raucous, infectious energy throughout--which might be why the closing track "Ruby Colored Halo" comes as such a surprise and 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
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Longtime readers know I have a soft spot for bands that bridge the divide between power pop and alt-country, and this Boston band has done just that on their debut EP. "No Guarantees" is the track that hooked me in, and it manages to fit influences as varied as Wilco, The Old 97s and Big Star into its 2:14 running time. Also worth the price of admission are the instantly catchy "Far Away", the jangly "Cliche" and the pedal steel-drenched closer "Ruby Covered Halo". If this sounds like it's up your alley, it would be downright ir-Rationale to pass on this EP.
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The Rationales hang on to what makes a great record: chords that count, melody, backing vocals! straight ahead, earnest, punchy rock, with solid vocals, intelligent guitar dynamics and lines here and there that sink a little deeper. 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 SongBook
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Sounding like Whiskeytown meets Tom Petty with a bit of The Rolling Stones thrown in, The group stradles the line between pop and rock. "Guardrail" is a Wilco-like mid tempo number with an inventive bassline and backing organ that drives the melody to a lush chorus. "No Guarantees" - has the power pop bounce and twang that Rhett Miller and Old 97s did at their poppiest. This continues into the awesome "Far Away" with a ghostly harmonic in chorus and Jagger-like vocals. The catchy driving rhythms are also on "On the Vine" - it compares well with Wilco's "Summerteeth"-era roots pop. I really look forward to a full album from The Rationales, as this is an excellent EP.
- - Powerpopaholic
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A promising band that delivers not just on that promise, but lays it down completely alongside all that promise with material that makes a the perfect introduction to a band we look forward to more of.
- - Not Lame