They’re at it again. The Black Keys who launched an offensive against Nickelback earlier this year have sought to clarify their statements by admitting while there might be worse bands out there Nickelback still make them wish they had a spaceship so they could leave Earth and get away from them.

The comments come after Black Key’s drummer Patrick Carney blamed rock n roll’s slow death on bands like Nickelback calling them ‘watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit.’

“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world,” he told Rolling Stone. “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!”

Now responding to a question by MTV in Canada who unleashed Nickelback upon the world, Carney dismissed accusations he is a music snob countering that he’s simply  “not a fan of bad music”.

“I have a lot of friends and not one of them have a Nickelback record,” Carney continued before launching into another attack saying Nickelback makes him “embarrassed to be on earth, they actually make me want to take a spaceship away… but I don’t want to single them out. There’s much worse bands than Nickelback, maybe.”

We’ll take that as some sort of apology, maybe? Or maybe not. Regardless, Nickelback brushed off Carney’s comments earlier in the year by thanking him for calling them the biggest band in the world so we’re sure they’ll either just ignore him or come back with something witty again.

In the meantime the rumour mill is in overdrive trying to guess when The Black Keys will make their long awaited return to Australian shores.

Speaking to Cherry Bar owner James Young after their show in New York last week Carney and guitarist Dan Auerbach revealed that if they’re not here in October they will be here for the Big Day Out in 2013.

No word yet on a Nickelback tour but anytime this side of forever is probably too soon.