Shoot to Kill [EP]

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As demonstrated by their two albums, Tysondog were among Neat Records' most polished recording acts, but this attention to studio quality didn't extend as far as their decidedly gruff 1985 EP, Shoot to Kill. And it's just as well, judging by the wonderfully energized, stripped-down take on first album opener "Hammerhead," and premier performances like "Shoot to Kill" and "Back to the Bullet." Fourth cut "The Changeling" is another matter, squandering its cool and creepy intro with a positively awful drum sound and very clumsy songwriting barely worthy of a demo. Still, this is a fun little EP all around. [Shoot to Kill was later included in Sanctuary/Neat Record's Tysondog anthology, Painted Heroes.]