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Radio (Single​-​2012)

by The Rationales

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The Rationales’ latest release, “RADIO,” is a single, recorded with producer Ed Valauskas (Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker) at Q Division Studios in late 2011 to honor the opening of the club Radio in Somerville, MA.

While not literally about the club, the song nonetheless telegraphs the excitement and optimism that went along with its arrival.

One of the bands’ catchiest, most rocking songs to date, early reviews of “Radio” mention that the track telegraphs diverse influences not normally associated with the Rationales, including the angular guitar rock of Television, the moody bombast of the Afghan Whigs, and the quirk of the Talking Heads.

Mirabella’s lyrics are an abstract examination of several interweaving stories and thoughts, primarily looking at what we do in our own minds to define the undefinable.



Hands Down, I hand it to you.
Kids like you move without a sound
pushed down, uncover the proof
you try to sanctify this town

at the right time
at the right time

it's like they meant to find you gone
the lights are on, so's the radio

a lie, to show you the truth
a life, a stand before a crowd
and as i fell into you
I'd never let you let me down

at the right time
at the right time

it's like they meant to find you gone
the lights are on, so's the radio
its like religion in my soul
like a song, on the radio.


released February 28, 2012
Copyright 2012.
Written by David Mirabella, published by Beneath This Moon Music (BMI)
Arranged by The Rationales
Produced By Ed Valauskas, Engineered & Mixed by Joe Tooley. Recorded at Q Division Studio.
Mastered by Mike Quinn at Moontower Studio.


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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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