Las Vegas Mercury spoke with Rooney guitarist Taylor Locke about the band’s song ‘Popstars’, which rails against Britney Spears, calling her a “bitch on strings” and the “killer of rock ‘n’ roll”, amongst other things.
Locke insisted to Newt Briggs the track is just a joke, and they don’t hate Spears. “First of all, I think that song’s developed a heavier tone than we first intended,” he explained. “As a band, we’re way more offended by pop-punk or nu-metal–the kind of stuff that affects our age group. To me, Britney Spears plays, like, children’s music, and if some 11-year-old girl really gets a lot of joy out of listening to Britney’s songs, then who am I to rob her of that? That’d be like walking into a bookstore and freaking out because some kid was reading ‘The Little Engine That Could’.”