In the fuzz-infested waters of garage rock, none rules supreme-er than Sic Alps. The local trio is just back from a tour with Sonic Youth, for example. Musically, the Alps come throbbing and clanging through town like surf guitar took a hit of Owsley with a cough syrup chaser; chugging riffage is leavened and stretched with new recruit Noel Von Harmonson from Comets on Fires singularly tripped-out sound. Pitchfork notices a head-swallowing feedback screech where a solo should go and indiscernible waves of distortion on the groups only full-length record, U.S. EZ. To us, that sounds exactly like a Noel Von Harmonsonshaped hole. The band must agree; word on the street is that OGs Matt Hartman and Mike Donovan plan to keep, nurture, and feed him at least through the next recording session.