The Business End Takes A Walk Down Insanity Lane With, “Limes”

Release Date: 12/21/2019                                     

Format: Digital 

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Current Lineup: (Per Bandcamp)

  • Mike Ward: Guitar, Lead Vox on some
  • Bret Fontaine: Bass, Lead Vox on others
  • Neil Kelly: Lead Guitar
  • Trey Derbes: Drums

Production: Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios
Music by The Business End, Lyrics by Mike & Bret
Art/Photos by Trey

Favorite Tracks: Paper Crown, Et Tu?, Meat Sweater, Rock ’em Soccam’s Razor

Sounds Like: Protected Left, Good Riddance, The Killers, Wild Lives (DEN), Iggy and the Stooges, and Filter


Santa Rosa, California based, The Business End released “Limes” back on January 20, 2020. Sometimes you have to change things up. Lately we have been reviewing a ton of skate and pop punk. So today it brings me a ton of pleasure to check out a band that seems to have punk rock roots, but also seems to have many different musical influences.

“Do as I do, not as I say
Drop anchor then float away
Your first instincts are rarely the best play
I’ve sewn my mouth shut to rely on written words
And I’m at my best when I’m absurd”

The first track on “Limes” is “Paper Crown”. Grab your pit buddy and run in. While this song is heavy on chords and drums it’s perfect for those who want to dance alone. This track is totally me! I’m socially awkward, not great with compliments, but still push through. The next track is ‘Et Tu?” and is by far my favorite on the record. 

It’s an anger driven bullet song aimed at the demise of the United States.  Let’s take a short trip down memory lane when President Obama was in office. Sure things were not great. He inherited a war that wasn’t his, a broken economy left over by greedy capitalists. Sure he wasn’t perfect, but I think we as a nation we were happier. Fast forward to 2020. Trump is killing this nation along with his lackeys. This song needs a music video! 

My next favorite track is “Meat Sweater”. The riffs on this song are wicked. It has a nice heavy bass line and Trey’s drumwork is fucking excellent. As someone once said, “All my favorite songs are less than 2 minutes long”. Well this song has joined those hallowed records. “Sleepcreeper” follows up and has a great dance able melody. It’s dark and twisted and a strike at nationalists. 

“There’s patriots and nationalists
And when the latter don’t know the difference
My shadow comes out to play, lord I wish that I could say”

“Rock ’em Soccam’s Razor’ ‘ is next up and has some amazing work on vocals as they seem to bounce around the speakers enhancing the theme of love lost. Take some Iggy and the Stooges and throw in some heavier punk and you have a great song. Be sure to check out Denver’s Wild Lives as they are in close comparison. “Soft Serve Ace” follows is this a love song? An anti love song? It kicks ass!

“It’s their intent to own you, drain you, run you through
All for financial gain, there’s no regard for you
And it’s not truth they’re seeking, all they wants an answer
That lets them kill you slow with their own brand of cancer”

“Wince And Repeat” is sadly the last track on the record. Lyrically a fantastic tune, with a great skatepunk melody. I saw a study not long ago and can’t currently locate it. It basically said people who work 9-5 jobs, in artificial light have a higher chance of dying at a young age compared to those who do not. I really wish I could find this. We work for shitty pay with shit rewards. While our “Leaders” reap the benefits of our work. 

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The Business End, “Limes” in one word, is FANTASTIC. This tiny EP will not only make you dance, but question everything in our present day and age. It’s INSANELY good! With influences like hard rock, punk and metal you really cannot go wrong. Don’t be surprised to see “The Business End” up on your local venue marquee sometime soon. 

Track List 

  1. Paper Crown
  2. Et Tu?
  3. Meat Sweater
  4. Sleepcreeper
  5. Rock ’em Soccam’s Razor
  6. Soft Serve Ace
  7. Wince And Repeat 

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