He says, "Of course there's a lot of stuff about battling wizards and warlocks and people like that, because we're a rock band and that's what rock bands do in some small way. But when I was writing these songs, I found myself thinking about a lot of people like Destiny's Child and The Black Eyed Peas, people like Britney Spears and Gwen Stefani, which is sort of strange for me."
On one track in particular, the singer/songwriter singles out a young girl's struggle to cope with her friend's death when she is surrounded by "juveniley grating pop music".
He explains, "There's a line in that song that goes, 'So go tell Britney and go tell Gwen,' and I guess part of what I'm railing against on that song is this preternaturally happy music sung by kids and written by 40-year-old Swedish men. And in between them there's this void.
"I guess the worst offender is like The Black Eyed Peas or Destiny's Child, where they're going, 'I'm a survivor, I'm gonna make it,' and I'm like, 'Well, you're 20, what are you going to survive? Getting a bikini wax this weekend?'"