Upstream (LP 2017)

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released August 3, 2017

THE RATIONALES:
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.

WITH:
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

MORE INFO at: www.therationales.com
EMAIL: TheRationales@gmail.com


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, Sooz, 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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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
Track Name: Trade You
If you lose your life to can't say no,
if sacrifice, is all you do,

If they move the lines you drew for you,
and you cannot see what else to do

I'll trade you for your loss
I’ll trade you for your lies
I’ll trade you for your silence
This time

If you leave a trail of crumbs behind,
but your angels lost or left you blind,

If you need a way to prop the door
back to the pain you loved before (and adored)

I'll trade you for your loss
i'll trade you for your lies
i'll trade you for your silence
this time

Everything you ask
Everything you see
All of your attention, on me.

I'll trade you for your loss
i'll trade you for your lies
i'll trade you for your silence
this time
Track Name: Under the Gun
Wind blows memories off the shelf
you find the meanings to the words you taught yourself.

when your old states of mind
cut across the great divide
you're under the gun

hard to focus through the tears
never realizing its all becoming clear

when you blow past the lines
that you used to define
you're under the gun.

And you never had a chance to recognize
All the truth mixed with their lies

when you blow thru the lines
that you used to decline
you're under the gun.
Track Name: All the While
Unfold the night like scripts we've left undone
but rewrite as we linger.
You draft a line about your last end-run,
Deleting scenes all the while

The night is distant with the porch light on
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
always getting what i want
you're an ocean
I am hoping
to be sinking like a stone

I want to see you as the air grows warm
no feelings hid,
breathing quicker
I want to lay here till the rising sun
as we sink into the night

i want to script our part and when i'm done
watch the film, as it flickers
i want to see you with your porchlight on
as you laugh, that you've known all the while.

I've been lucky for so long
always getting what i want
you're an ocean
and i am hoping
to be sinking like a stone
Track Name: Climb the Ladder
You say I need to climb the ladder,
and just look out for number one
I’m driving home back to New Hampshire
to find the place where I succumbed.

God knows why I oversold it:
the hope I wouldn't come undone
So bury me in autumn leaves,
and count the star light one by one.

And I find, whenever the days grow short,
that I feel the need to go.
But I lied, its not that you're falling short,
its just that you made me feel alone.

So you feel over exposed (falling short)
and lost the contrast in the sun
you wonder you feel outplayed (falling short)
its just the season made me run.

And I find, whenever the days grow short
that I feel the need to go
But I lied its not that you're falling short
its just that you made me feel alone.

Around the corner, down the street,
up the stairs where we always meet
Past the exit, and down the road,
is this real? I don’t even know.
Through the window, across the sea,
I only hope that you’ll wait for me
Read your letters one by one.
Come to find you when I see the sun (fall in fall out)
But I can’t stop the rain.

And I find, whenever the days grow short
that I feel the need to go (falling short)
But I lied its not that you're falling short
its just that you made me feel alone. (falling short)
Track Name: Take a Ride with Me
Lets get alone, come take a ride with me
we need the landscape changed
lets kill some miles and cut the distance in between.

You never know, where it all could lead
the humid sky above the road below
there's distant lightening. Come with me.

I've been waiting for you
I've been looking for a sign
I've been wondering if you'll be mine

Its time to show what you could be with me
if you want all in
then lets begin with highways rushing past our need

Let it go, sell it all to me
You thought your backup plan would be your man
he passed you every time you preened

I've been waiting for you
I've been looking for a sign
I've been wondering if you'll be mine

it's time for thinking about myself
it's time for thinking about myself
Track Name: Dulcinea
If I made one mistake,
I came back to this place
Spent 20 years trying to be something I’m not.
All this’s to say
I know what slipped ‘way.
In dreams I still wander the streets where I’m not

I’ll remember you tonight in the way that I choose to
as if you wait for me or remember me at all

If I seem out of place,
It’s just I’m trying to save face
blending in and hiding and burying my thoughts
And its not that I’d leave,
or lament in my dread
but it truly goes fast like that old man once said

I’ll remember you tonight in the way that I choose to
as if you wait for me or remember me at all

In this lie, in this life, that I slowly slipped into,
Had its place in my life and time,
It’s a dream that I know, you could never live up to
Still it goes, round and round, in my mind

I’ll remember you tonight in the way that I choose to
as if you wait for me or remember me at all

I’ll remember you tonight in the way that I choose to
as if you wait for me or remember me at all

I’ll remember you tonight in the way that I choose to
as if you wait for me or remember me at all

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