by Bill Pearis

Sic Alps at Woodsist Fest 2011 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Sic Alps

San Francisco lo-fi mavens Sic Alps have broken up, Pitchfork reports, with singer Mike Donovan announcing the band's end on Friday (7/12) at the final gig of the band's European tour.

Sic Alps started in 2004, and for a long while they functioned as a duo with Donovan on vocals/guitar and Matt Hartman on vocals/drums. Sometimes they switched places. They added members -- like Ty Segall on drums for a while -- and expanded and contracted more than once. For me, they were always best as a duo, with that giant monolith of speakers between them.

A couple years ago, Hartman quietly left the group and Donovan carried on under the Sic Alps name. With a solo record due out on Drag City this fall, it seems as much like Mike Donovan has decided to record under his own name as it is Sic Alps breaking up.

Mike Donovan's Wot is out October 15.