In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Black Keys drummer raged against the current stream of blandness in rock n' roll. He claimed in an excerpt from the interview , 'Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.'
'So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit,' Carney continued, 'therefore you should never try to be the biggest rock band in the world.'
'Fuck that! Rock & roll is the music I feel the most passionately about, and I don't like to see it fucking ruined and spoon-fed down our throats in this watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit. When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it's like, 'Fuck you,' honestly.'
Carney didn't spare himself from criticism, claiming that he's ugly, awkward, and sucks at drumming.