The World's Not Sorry (Album)

by Peeling Grey

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This is the debut album from LA's own Peeling Grey. "The World's Not Sorry" is a collection of songs that accurately documents the beginnings of the band, which started in 2008. Here's famous writer Mick Mercer's review of the album

“…the group looks towards the future of music…..Akin to the original spirit of the past.”

I like that, and when you regard the Post-Punk spirit it seeped firmly out of the rotting carcass of Punk but was dispersed unnecessarily by the strong growth of Goth and a formulated Indie sector. Only when the Indie world slumped horribly during the 90’s did Post-Punk’s noble sentiments of melodic music with tensions reassert itself but it never had one form and so can move in any direction.

‘Peeling Grey’ has the cool organic slouching feel that so much modern music lacks, and that comes from the easy, lolloping drums, with guitar scurrying around or leaning casually into the mix. Astute, elliptical vocal shapes also merge into it, pulling in then back creating a charming nagging flow as the guitar grows in brightness. ‘James Quarterly’ has a warm set of guitar ringlets on its downcast head and despite quite a restless bass undertow and steady keyboards it’s the nervy vocal push which grows in strength to dominate the song, again instilling a rhythmical presence. Keyboards set ‘The Strip’ off running, tripping, stumbling gamely with well fluted décor and encouraging nimble guitar vigour. Again we are blessed with an indomitable but twisting vocal stature, and bolder bass strokes.

‘The World’s Not Sorry’ opens with some beautiful organ, sleepy bass and vocals pleading for resilience, because this is not the time to cry, apparently, or fade out, hide, compromise or die. Suitably invigorated, I vow to do none of these. It’s a real charmer. ‘Far Away’ gets a bippity-boppety beat, with lightly fretful vocals, tingling guitar and as it empties out you realise just how firmly they create an atmosphere you’re hooked into. I feel they should bring the bass forward more as it enhances everything so well, ‘Sleeping In Dirty Hands’ bustling forward as the weird lyrics spew out over jerky guitar that grows increasingly restless. An odd song. ‘Summer Days Unsaid’ is also fairly low key, not exactly uneventful but happily remaining on the floor sustained by a pale drum pulse and keyboard lungs.

‘Young Heart’ is a cheerful little poppet with sparkling keys and trickling guitar, ‘Soulless’ sachays sideways like a drunken crab, bobbling bass, skipping beat and vocal fun, ‘The End Of The Road’ huddles closer to its tiny shuttling beat with brooding bass and moping guitar as the bleary vocals evaporate but the tension is back leading to an abrupt halt, then the bass enters like a confident assassin, the drums are tougher and ‘Faith In Forever’ clearly means business. It cleverly collapses into a softer direction and ends on another catchy element which takes you by surprise but makes for an emphatic close.

It’s a wonderful record. It could be crisper in places, but I get the impression they like the faintly shrouded sound. They could lash out a little in future, because they have that energy in them, but for a first album this is a real treat, filled with fascinating variety and delivered with that rarity,

aplomb. A-plomb.”

~Mick Mercer, Sept 2011

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released February 3, 2011

Andy Smith - Vocals / Bass
Naren Renz - Keyboards
Christian Mendez - Guitar
James Hazley - Drums

Produced by James Hazley
Engineered by Rocker Meadows
Mastered by Greg Reely

Recorded at Surplus Studios, Van Nuys, CA

PG-CD S30-001

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Peeling Grey Los Angeles, California

Peeling Grey was formed in 2008. Demos of their early songs began to circulate in 2009 and 2010 in the USA and Europe. 2011 saw the release of their debut album "The World's Not Sorry", hailed by famous writer Mick Mercer as "a slinky Post-Punk joy". "Broken Glass" debuted in 2012 and a single and video for "Rumors" was released in late 2013. 2015 brings "Our Sky's Falling". ... more

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Track Name: Peeling Grey
Your walls are painted grey
Your room in disarray
It was my home too
Holding the memory of you

Your love has strayed away
Your doors hiding you away
The emptiness that I feel
Holding the ghost of you

My hands have chipped away
Your walls peeling grey

The swine that you engaged
Fueled fire for my rage
Always there to save him
You lost your faith in us

My hands have chipped away
Your walls peeling grey &
My hands have chipped away
Your walls peeling grey

In this rebirth of sorts
In this brand new collapse
In memory of you
My love will last

Hands chipping away
Walls peeling grey
Hands chipping away
Walls peeling grey
Hands chipping away
Walls peeling grey
Track Name: James Quarterly
He walks along, along the line
He treads along the great divide
And he knows the price he'll pay
I've prayed for him most everyday

He walks along, along the way
He wants it all in every way
There's no reason for him to stay
There's nothing standing in his way

Trying hard not to feel so bad / Trying hard not to feel so sad
Trying hard not to get so mad / He talks about the great divine

He walks along, along nine lives
He talked about the great divide
Chemical pleasures was his thing of the past
That special drug would not last

He walks along and counts the time
There's no reason for him to hide
Twenty four hours I was on the line
James don't you know that I'm on your side

Trying hard not to feel so bad / Trying hard not to feel so sad
Trying hard not to get so mad / Trying hard not to be so sad
He talked about the great divine

Ho ah, Ho ah, Ho ah
He walks along, along the line / He walks along the great divide
There's no reason for him to stay / There's no reason for him to stay
There's no reason for him to stay / There's no reason for him to stay
Track Name: The Strip
Take a look around is your body in plastic?
Stand in your cellar firing all your rockets
A symphony of rounds impacting your opponents
Running for the hills won't make much a difference

Oh mother, do you lie awake?
Oh father, do you die another day?

Dying on the strip never minding the poppycock
See her hand body swallowed by the sand
Resort to a treaty or take another stand
(They can see through you)
The incoming army will conquer all the land
(They can see through you)

Oh mother, do you lie awake?
Oh father, what is your fate?
Oh sister, do you die another day?

A symphony of rounds
impacting your opponents
(They can see through you)
The six day war
never really seem to end
(They can see through you)
Retaliation tactics,
your vision is so tragic
(They can see through you)
The strip and the bank,
now there's nothing to defend
(They can see through you)

....They can see through you.
Track Name: The World's Not Sorry
This is not the time to burn out, This is not the time to fade
Hide from the truth and tune out, This is not the time to break
This is not the time to walk out, This is not the time to flee
Run run run and break away, This is not the time for fear

This is not the time to hide out, This is not the time to cry
Hide your head in quicksand, This is not the time to sink
This is not the time to go away, This is not the time to blink
Run run run and turn away, I heard them say....

They want you to know, This is not a play on words
They want you to know
The world's not really sorry, The world's not really sorry....

This is not the time to give up, This is not the time to fail
Stray from the truth and live a lie, This is not the time to die
This is not the time for compromise, See the truth with open eyes
Run run run and turn away, I heard them say....

They want you to know, This is not a play on words
They want you to know
The world's not really sorry, They're not not really sorry
They're not not really sorry, They're not not really sorry
The world's not really sorry....

This is not the time to burn out, This is not the time to fade
Hide your head like a bird, This is not the time to cry
There's so may people without the words,
There's so many people without the hope,
There so many people without the words, I heard them say....

They want you to know, This is not a play on words
They want you to know
The world's not really sorry, They're not not really sorry
They're not not really sorry, They're not not really sorry

The world's not really sorry....
Track Name: Far Away
I had to exit off this road
Reached the end again, stopped making sense

I was there in the middle of a dream
Never mind what mattered, it doesn't work no more

I pushed it far away
I had to push it far way
I pushed it far away
I had to push it far way (far away)

Here I am again, lost and never found
Don't you wish you could escape?
Leave it all behind, live through blind fate
So I left the pack of lies
I saw some stragglers along the way
Lost souls in the patches of grey
Fellow travelers set in their ways
It was time to drive the silver machine

I pushed it far way (far away)
I had to push it far way (far way)

The truth I live is very cold
Keeping me alive like a reptile
And it always works when you're not there
The thing is you'll always be alone
That's the secret you'll always be alone
That's the trip you'll always be alone
Yeah, That's the trick you'll always be alone

I pushed it far way (far way)
I had to push it far way (far way)
I pushed it far way (far way)
I had to push it far away (far away

I'll save it for a rainy day......
Track Name: Sleeping In Dirty Hands
There's an old Japanese man sleeping in your dirty hands
I tried to understand but started making plans
There's an old Japanese man kissing on your filthy bed
I tried to hold your hand but started making plans

I know the truth of what they said happened to you
Dirty tales of abuse, Inflated lies so neatly produced

I sought out the words of a man much older than you
He tried to understand but already made his secret plans
And that poor old Japanese man sleeping in your dirty bed
Never had a chance after you laid out your filthy scam

Back to that older man, he also slept in your famous bed
What I thought was the truth goes against your broken words
There's an old Japanese man sleeping in your dirty hands
I'll never understand but thankfully I made my plans

I know the truth of what they said happened to you
Dirty tales of abuse, Inflated lies so neatly produced

There's an old Japanese man sleeping in your dirty hands
I tried to understand but started making plans
There's an old Japanese man kissing on your filthy bed
I tried to hold your hand but started making plans

I know the truth of what they said happened to you
Dirty tales of abuse, Inflated lies so neatly produced
There's an old Japanese man sleeping in your dirty hands
I'll never understand but thankfully I made my plans

I know the truth of what they said happened to you
Dirty tales of abuse, Inflated lies so neatly produced
Track Name: Summer Days Unsaid
Summer days are near again
You did well to play it cool
Someone said to be careful
Caught you smiling at me my friend

Hand in hand your head on me
Slide in deep and I'm out of breath
Your sweet smile and lost caress
Summer daze and I'm found again

Where did you go now after your stay?
I'd follow you but I drove away
Where did you with so much unsaid?
Summer days are lost again

I'd play the fool if I told you the truth
Of summer days that I wish for
And the trouble I know we'd make
Would we put all the lovers to shame?

Where did you go now after your stay?
I'd follow you but I drove away
Where did you with so much unsaid?
Summer days are here again......and lost again

Could we ever reach the summer sky?
Would we ever breach that all time high?
Could I ever break the fear of wanting you?
The fear of holding you....


Where did you go now after your stay?
I'd follow you but I drove away
Where did you go with so much unsaid?
Summer days are near again......and found again

Could we ever reach the summer sky?
Would we ever breach that all time high?
Would you ever cut the pretense?
Could I ever break the fear of wanting you?
The fear of holding you?
Track Name: Young Heart
It's getting hard to explain
It's getting hard to even entertain
This is the story of a young heart
This is the story that nearly tore apart

When we walked across the pier
Shallow water cut through the fear
The gentle breeze of ocean waves
They sang a song across your face

When I was younger I felt just like you
When I was younger I dreamt just like you

It gets bad for you to understand
When all you want is to take my hand
Long distance matters wouldn't make it easy
Long distance callers would drive me crazy!

When I heard your tears on the phone
It was the sound that made me feel old

Don't worry, don't explain
Two hearts can share the blame
I'm sorry for everything
At least there won't be games

It's getting hard to hide the pain
I can't ignore the feeling of shame
I was left in this instance
A young heart left me listless

When I was younger I felt just like you
When I was younger I dreamt just like you

This is the story of a young heart
This is the sound of that young spark
This is the story of a young heart
This is the sound of that young spark
Track Name: Soulless
Turn around and hide cuz they're coming for you
They're the dark and soulless with nothing to prove
Hide away your fears or they'll prey on you
They're the lost and soulless coming for you

Now I'm kinda worried cuz they're staring at me
Look into their eyes and you'll see what I mean
They don't seem to care about anything
They're the dark and soulless coming for me

Are you soulless?
soulless
soulless
soooull-lah-ha-less!

Suppose I give in and have a drink
Join the ranks of all the bothered cynics
Close my eyes in darkness and the sun fades away
All I have to lose now is my soul!

And I'm soulless
soulless
soulless
soooull-lah-ha-less!

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Soulless
soulless
soulless
soooull-lah-ha-less!
and I'm Soulless
soulless
soulless
soooull-lah-ha-less!

No pain
No hope
No love
Just soulless

Are you soulless?
Are you soulless?
Are you soulless?
Track Name: The End of the Road
Journey my way down this path / Now it's time to look back
Every trip has and end, Every trip has and end
My eyes are open again / Each turn taken in sin
Driving through desert at night, Driving through desert at night

Years have passed now gone / And her voice is old
Echoing endlessly, echoing endlessly
Seeds have sprouted and grown / We all reap what we sow
Juncture brings clarity, Juncture brings clarity

This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where the story ends, This is where life begins
This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where I have control, This is where I let it go

Showing little resistance / Wasn't of my insistence
The spineless lose again, The spineless lose again
It's now in my conscience / Ingrained in my philosophy
There's no going back, There's no going back

This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where the story ends, This is where life begins
This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where I have control, This is where I let it go

Driving down that road / Kept me out of control
Many years I'm ashamed, Many years I'm ashamed
Driving through desert at night, Driving through desert at night
Driving through desert at night, Driving through desert at night

This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where the story ends, This is where life begins
This is the end of the road of the road, This is the end of the road of the road
This is where I have control, This is where I let it go

This is the end of the road
Track Name: Faith In Forever
You told me you can't place faith in forever
Something abstract so intangible in me
You tell me it's impossible for you
You told me you can't place faith in forever

You told me not to place faith in you
Something you lost something I fought through the years
Many incentives that never saw the day
You told me you can't place faith in forever

Believe in tomorrow but not in forever
You told me not to have faith in love
Live for today, learn to love another day
You told me you can't place faith in forever

You told me you can't place faith in forever