The Rationales | Biography


Hooks, Harmony and Heart.
Lush American Indie Rock and Roll.

Residing in the overlap between Alternative, Rock, Indie, Powerpop, and Americana on the Venn Diagram, The Rationales bring to mind such acts as Wilco, Radiohead and Nada Surf, while always sounding entirely like themselves.

DREAM OF FIRE, the new EP from the Rationales, started with the solid songwriting the band is known for and added a sense of confidence and skill gained from playing live in support of The Distance In Between which allowed the new EP to recorded in a single 24 hour period in late 2013. The result captures the energy of the Rationales live performance and is the most dynamic recording the band has released to date.

Formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter David Mirabella, The Rationales have been evolving in both sound and lineup for the past 7 years. Their debut 2008 EP THE GOING AND THE GONE was called "one of the finer local CDs of the year" by the Boston Globe. Following a successful fan-funding kickstarter campaign in 2010, The Rationales released the LP THE DISTANCE IN BETWEEN in 2011 to high praise, both locally and internationally. The band kicked off 2012 with an appearance as semi-finalists in Boston's esteemed Rock-n-Roll Rumble. In 2013 the Rationales released the single "RADIO" and kicked off 2014 by releasing their new EP: DREAM OF FIRE.

Some recent praise for The Rationales and their CDs includes:

Finely wrought, lushly layered pop that sounds effortless in its execution… a power pop flair fringed with alt-country detail."
-The Boston Globe

One of the best songwriting outfits in New England music today. This new effort, from start to finish is one that belongs in your record collection.
- Ryan's Smashing Life

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.

A heady mixture of West Coast harmonies and jangly guitars that steers to the right side of edgy to keep the songs interesting and even.
- Alan Harrison, Maverick Magazine (U.K.)

Textured melodic rock, [that] fizzes with an energy that becomes increasingly difficult not to let yourself wholeheartedly sink into.
-Ian Fildes, Americana U.K.

Pure and powerful rock songs are beautifully interspersed with rootsy rock. American rock and power pop, carefully crafting seamless melodies punctuated by fantastic guitar riffs.
Rootstime, (Belgium)

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Rationales alternate press shot 2011

Photo by Melissa Zeigler


The Rationales' Lineup is (left to right):
Mike Mirabella: Drums, Vocals
Dave Lieb: Keyboards, Vocals
David Mirabella: Vocals, Guitars
Chad Raleigh: Guitars
Sean Black: Bass, Vocals, Vocals


  • "Dream of Fire" named among the top 14 albums of 2014 by Ryan's Smashing Life and appeared on "BEST OF" lists The Boston Herald, and Summer Aviation

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

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

  • 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.