Upstream (LP 2017)

by The Rationales

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    releases August 3, 2017

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Trade You
Under the Gun
All the While
Climb the Ladder
Take a Ride with Me


releases August 3, 2017

David Mirabella: Vocals, Guitars;
Mike Mirabella: Drums, Vocals (Lead vocals: middle section: Climb The Ladder), Percussion;
Sean Black: Bass, Vocals (co-Lead Vocal: Under the Gun);
Chad Raleigh: Guitars;
David J Lieb: Keyboards, Vocals;
Adam J Hand: Pedal Steel Guitar, Percussion.

Matthew Girard: Trumpet (All the While);
“The Crush Test Rummy’s Windmill Vocal Choir": Ed Valauskas, Eric Salt, Mike Oram, Sean Black, Dave Lieb, Mike Mirabella, Dave Mirabella (Dulcinea)

Copyright 2017

Produced by Ed Valauskas and David Mirabella

All songs Arranged by The Rationales,

Words and Music: David Mirabella (Beneath This Moon Music, BMI)
Except: Climb the Ladder: David Mirabella (BMI), Michael Mirabella, David J Lieb

Tracks 1,2,3,5,7 Recorded at Q Division, Engineered by Pat DiCenso
Tracks 4,6 Recorded at Transference Audio, Engineered by Matthew Girard
All Tracks Mixed at Q Division by Pat DiCenso
Mastered at Moontower Studio by Mike Quinn

Band Photo: Danny LeBlanc, Cover Design: David Mirabella


Special thanks to: Ed Valauskas, Pat DiCenso, Matthew Girard, Mike Quinn, our families and loved ones.

Thanks to: Q Division, Dan Nicklin, Crystal Margolis, Ryan Spaulding, Barbara Rappaport, Lindsay Dolph Nie, Adam Duritz, Michael Nashawarty, and all our Outlaw Roadshow Family. Nate Rogers, Danny LeBlanc, Michael Marotta, Vanyaland, Angelle Wood, Boston Emissions, Baystate Rock, Carmelita, Dave Crespo, John Laurenti, Angie C. Shaw, John Shea, Billy Beard, Carl Lavin, Randi Ellen Millman, JJ Gonson, Nick Balkin, Mike, Steven, Deb and everyone at Ralph’s, Bob Colby, Ann Marie and Jack, John Maloney, Pete Zeigler, Mark Phinney, Brendan Boogie, Anthony Raggucci, Steve Eastridge & Meat at Slims, Dave Yuknut and Dover Music Fest, Town of Millis Music Fest, Indie Week Toronto, Northeastern After Hours, The Lizard Lounge, Great Scott, Once Ballroom, The Bowery Electric, The Cameron House, UG3 Live, The Mercy Lounge Nashville, Ralph’s Rock Diner, The Midway Café, Nick Murphy and Somerville Guitar Company, Oldjack, Airport, Brick Briscoe, Pammeke, Jason Layne/Sunken Armada, Will Dailey, Autumn Pincus, Richard Bouchard, Mick Greenwood, Michael Bishop, Scott Damgaard, Ryan Skadberg, Aloud, Peter Buzelle, The Balboans, FiDEL, Pale Monsters, Doom Lover, Bird Language, Buffalo Rodeo, K. Phillips, Happy Little Clouds, Abbie Barrett Band, Mike Oram, Eric Salt, Craig Small, Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections, Nate Leavitt & The Elevation, Jim DiTore and Shotgun Waltz, Mayer Danzig, Blake Maddux, Trillium Brewery, Blue Hills Brewery, NightShift Brewery, Bentwater Brewery, Red Hook Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, and most of all you.



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The Rationales Boston

Lush, finely crafted American songwriting, swirling with hooks, harmonies, & raw emotion from a 5 piece band brimming with heart, excitement and guitars! For fans of Wilco, Nada Surf, & Radiohead.

"Textured melodic rock, fizzing with an energy difficult not to wholeheartedly sink into." (Americana U.K.)
"Pure, powerful rock beautifully interspersed with more rootsy tunes.” (Rootstime, Belgium)
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Track Name: Ready To Go
Go for what I’m after
never mind disaster
give there past a future
where I find I’m ready to go
ready to go.

its not for lack of trying
ain't no use denying
the speed will set you reeling
never mind, I’m
ready to go
ready to go

and it’s all becoming true
the things you do, I wouldn’t say no
because it’s all because of you,
and what you do, I couldn't let go

I can't say
I can't say
I can't say no
I’m ready to go

and it’s all becoming true
the things you do, I wouldn’t say no
because it’s all because of you,
and what you do, I couldn't let go

I can't say
I can't say
I can't say no
I’m ready to go
I’m ready to go
I’m ready to go