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 it's 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 f***ing 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 sixties rock 'n roll and MoTown. 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.