Patrick Carney is pretty sure he knows what's ailing his chosen genre these days. "Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world," he says, blowing cigarette smoke out the window of his rented East Village loft a few days before the band heads to L.A. "So they became OK with the idea that the biggest rock band in the world is always going to be shit — 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."
The Stone excerpt also mentions the fact that Carney rented the aforementioned loft because he and his fiancee were growing somewhat "restless" here in Music City. There's also talk of Carney's playing style, one of his shirts being "a sort of anti-hipster statement" and who his East Village neighbors are. Also of note: the most recent discussion I had with Mr. Carney; a hearty debate as to whether or not Nickelback sucks (spoiler: They do).