It is only a matter of time until Anthony Rankin makes it onto Top 40 radio station playlists. His third and latest album, “The Distance,” is full of catchy melodies and infectious riffs that will make listeners scramble for air guitars. While these poppy tunes are not always the most original, they certainly are fun and an excellent choice of music for a sunny summer afternoon.
But don’t judge all of Rankin’s music by that song, because most of the other songs are heavier on guitar and rock. Both “Smoke and Mirrors” and “Left to Say” feature squealing guitar and reveal a more raw side of Rankin’s voice. The songs do sound a lot like Bon Jovi circa the 1980s at points, which makes them a little less unique but still lots of fun. Lyrics such as “There’s nothing but smoke and mirrors / under your skin / Lies and tears just waiting within / You cut the line after you reeled me in / Smoke and mirrors / Under your skin…” help establish Rankin as a mature, accomplished songwriter as well as musician.
Rankin’s live performances are flexible and vary greatly depending on the conditions. His band normally consists of Dom Liberati (bass guitar, vocals), BC Taylor (drums, percussion), and Travis Hoard (keys, additional guitar, sax, vocals). However, it can be cut down to a three or expanded up to five depending on the type of show.
“The Distance” was released in October 2007 to rave reviews and a sold-out CD party at