History Machine

History Machine

 Phoenix, Arizona, USA
BandAmericanaAdult Contemporary

History Machine is a burgeoning talent that is sure to make waves with lovers of classic rock ‘n roll. Having played live shows all over Arizona and back from performing at SXSW 2011, the group is back in the audioconfusion studio to record their full-length album.


The sound of Arizona band History Machine is a blend of blues, soul and shag. The result is a form of gonzo roots rock that they have dubbed “Desert Rock.” Others have said the crew of desert rockers make something like beach music...for a dried up ocean.

Whatever it is, the band’s music seems to echo the sounds of a not-too-distant past, another time – another place even – where the living is temporal but easier. As the name History Machine alludes, the band’s artistic vision is like a bend in time – but is it a reflection of modern music’s late greats – of what has been – or is it an optimistic look toward future greatness? For now, it seems, “it’s easy going every day to day” as they sing in their single The Desert Song.

Dressed in pearl-snap shirts, shaggy haired and bleary eyed, they look like they could have fallen out of a roadhouse saloon in some forgotten railroad town. The two front men deliver simple licks with hefty chops; Chris “Tones” Melton and Henry “Hank” Rivera each have a different style and swagger allowing the band to move in various musical directions. Melton belts out the boozy croons while Rivera sings with a sweetness akin to Ritchie Valens’ youthful voice. But as much as History Machine is carried by dynamic singing and stage presence, the band gets its musical grit by acting as a true collaborative, with each member lending his hand to crafting songs. Kenneth “Kit” Hunn, the drummer, holds down more than the time – he pens many lyrics and makes sure the band has gigs to play; and when he’s not playing bass, Andrew “Andrew Bates” Bates spends his time making offerings to his demigod, legendary Mo-Town bassist James Jamerson, so that the band may truly groove.

For the cast of sun-burnt desert dwellers, homage is paid to fun and fucking around in an almost equal quantity as it is to their favorite musicians and practice. It’s easy to see this when you see History Machine perform live. They unlock the rudiments of what makes music great and move the crowd to dance.

History Machine is a burgeoning talent that is sure to make waves with lovers of classic rock ‘n roll and Mo-Town. With face-melting guitar solos, a distinctly nonchalant attitude and an almost reverential dedication to pleasing fans, what is not to like?
By Malachy Kearns


All Cool (on the Western Front)

Written By: Bates/Hunn/Melton/Rivera

Bottomless pits
Unbridled fits of frustration
Endocrine surges
Urges replace urges and so on

I've got to get our of here
Hold on to something that will hold me too
Oh they told me too
They told me to stay young

It's always been like this
Scratching at an itch that never goes away
Apologetic betrayal
A promise in the morning that you break every day

There's a way out of here
Hold on to something 'cause I'm taking you down
Wipe it off
You said you want it to be like this

All these crazy people here
Put out by nasty things they hear all day
Anti-social-nality persona non grata
No thank you please highway
But don't fly away
No don't you fly away

But if there comes a time
That you can't be there by my side
The flame may stop burning
But my world will keep on turning
'Round and 'round

It may not be us
But I know I can trust in myself

Code Blue

Written By: Bates/Hunn/Melton/Rivera

This can't go on all night
I'd like it if it felt alright
But you know I'm gonna die
Of complications to the heart

Code blue
I'm losing you
Losing you

You found some work in a place that you like
I'm not going and I don't want to fight
Usually I like it when we're staying up all night
But I just can't take the truth

Code blue
I'm losing you
Losing you

This can't go on all night
You know I'd like it if it felt alright
But you know I'm gonna die
Of complications to the heart


History Machine E.P. - March 2010
History Machine LIVE: At The Conservatory - July 2010
jalipaz E.P. - December 2010

Set List

Wine Song
All Cool (On The Western Front)
Tracks At Midnight
History Machine
Code Blue
I'll Tell You Later
Sugar Machine
Never Rains In California-Cover
The Nature of Things
Tell Me
The Desert Song
Long For You
Love Against The Law