Somewhat more than a stop-gap release before their new studio album arrives later this year, this document of Thee Oh Sees blistering live show is essential. Culled from three nights at the Chapel in their home city of San Francisco, the result is a classic double live album, presented in a gatefold sleeve (of course) with an accompanying DVD.

Although we were led to believe that Thee Oh Sees were going on hold a couple of years ago with the departure of long-standing members including Brigid Dawson, mainstay John Dwyer has regrouped and rebuilt the band, arriving at this current four-piece line up.

Whilst most of the material included here is from last year's superb Mutilator Defeated At Last, this live footage is the first release to feature the double drum kit attack of Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon. Anyone who was fortunate to see this incarnation of the band on tour last year will have witnessed how intense their show is, and Live in San Francisco captures it brilliantly.

They motor through these fifteen tracks with an energy and a precision that is a joy to hear, with the needles in the red all the way. Tunes like 'Web' and 'Main in a Suitcase' come across like a punk version of Can with the drummers bouncing off each other, panned wide so you have one of them in each ear.

In live double album tradition the set ends with a lengthy wig-out, 'Contraption', which weaves and twists over fifteen minutes yet retains the ferocity of the rest of the album.