frontman Cole Alexander
has been speaking to AV Club
) about his thoughts on the state of popular music. Alexander notes that he takes particular issue with Lorde
, criticizing the righteous tone of her song "Royals
:""I was looking over the lyrics and in the song she seems to be criticizing what's going on in pop music, like when people are talking about excess opulence, gold teeth and Maybachs. Most of the people that are rapping about Maybachs and diamonds come from really 'torn-up towns.' I'm going on assumptions, but I feel like a lot of these guys are from Compton or these f--king ghettos like Memphis, and their parts of town are way more torn up than hers. I think it's a bit righteous of her."
The singer also revealed that Black Lips had been planning a collaboration with Kesha, which ultimately fell through:"Kesha asked us to go on a tour a couple of years ago and we didn't go. Her music is totally opposite to us, but we came to her with the idea of doing a track and we talked with her about it, but we never did it. I don't think Lorde even makes the cut; I don't think she's as far opposite as Kesha is. She's straight in the middle."