The 'Lightning Bolt' musician struggles to see why the 'Kiss You' hitmakers - who took home the Global Success award at the BRITs on Wednesday (20.02.13) - have been compared to iconic bands such as The Beatles as he thinks the five-piece aren't even talented enough to write their own material.
He told Short List magazine: ''Who the f**k is saying [they're the closest thing to rock stars we have these days]? Oh, I'm pretty sure they have a good laugh. But it's easy to, isn't it? When you don't have to write any songs.
''People [call them the new Beatles] because they broke America, but that don't mean a thing. I mean, [One Direction] must know that they're terrible.
''They must know ... calling them the new rock stars is a ridiculous statement. And people should stop making it.''
Niall wrote on his Twitter: ''Really bugs me that artists we're fans of flip on us in the press ! (sic)'', with Louis joining in: ''Hi @JakeBugg, do you think slagging off boy bands makes you more indie ? (sic)''