Kasabian on Loaded cover
Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno can't understand why Ed Sheeran is so popular, admitting he finds his success "scary".
The guitarist misses the music scene of the 1990s, which was dominated by Britpop and rock acts, and thinks the charts nowadays are "too pop" and "middle England".
Serge has cited acoustic songsmith Ed - who is up for several Grammy Awards and BRITs - as a prime example of what's wrong with modern pop.
Speaking in the new issue of Loaded magazine, he said: "I do miss the Britpop era. The loonies took over for a bit, which was great. It's so pop right now. Too pop. It was great with Blur and Oasis. Those days were so exciting to watch and I'm not sure if we're ever going to get that back. Ed Sheeran is killing it. It's middle England. We are so middle England, it's scary."
Despite enjoying a phenomenally successful 2014 - which included a headline set at the Glastonbury Festival - Kasabian have not been nominated for any prizes at the upcoming BRIT Awards.
Although they have been snubbed from the ceremony, singer Tom Meighan is hopeful the event will still open people's eyes to different genres of music.
He said: "What's good about the BRIT Awards is rock music - if you can call it that. It allows the music to reach out to people who usually watch 'The X Factor' or some s**t. It's about turning them on to alternative music which can only be a good thing."
The 250th celebratory issue of Loaded - which has Kasabian on the cover - is available to buy in both print and digital formats now.