Distance in Between
A mix of power pop and alternative. Dripping with hooks & harmonies. Layers of sound. That's the best way to sum up the music of the Rationales. Described as 'soaring sounds of hope from the edge,' this Boston quintet was formed in 2007 by singer-songwriter/guitarist David Mirabella. The band's wax-and-wane lineup has settled into founding keyboardist Matt Goldfield, powerhouse rhythm section featuring Dave's brother, Mike Mirabella (Scamper, The Future Everybody, The Brendan Boogie Band) on drums & backing vocals, and relocated Torontonian Sean Black (The Eines) on bass & backing vocals. Founding member Kevin McMahon lent his guitar and vocals to the new record, shoes now filled by Pete Zeigler (Hey Now Morris Fader). The Rationales' latest full-length release, "The Distance in Between," is comprised of 10 original tracks recorded with producer Ed Valauskas (Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, Juliana Hatfield, Graham Parker) at Q Division Studios. The follow-up to "The Going and the Gone" marks a consolidation of the band's varying styles into a more cohesive direction, while the songwriting and arrangements reach - and rock - a little more. Tightly focused power pop and rock songs such as "Braedon," "Jaded," "Still We Believe" and "Real Life" share space with roots-washed songs like "Tongue Tied," McMahon's "Try To Tell Me" and "Another Moon," featuring Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom on backing vocals. The alternative-jangle of an "R.E.M. meets Tom Petty" sound tethers "Burned Again." Mirabella's lyrics reflect on the balance between yearning and acceptance, and the distance between what we want and what we already have, through a series of tales both real and imagined. There are lighter moments as well. The absurdist lyrics of Braedon were inspired the story of a friend's 4-year-old son waking from a dream in which the child's popcorn was stolen by a bee dressed in an army suit. What more perfect fodder for a two-minute pop song is there than that? "The Distance In Between" will be released May 14, 2011, with a release party at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge. The album will be available on iTunes, CD Baby and at local record stores.