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The Silversun Pickups have sent a cease-and-desist notice to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, demanding that the campaign immediately stop using the band's 2009 hit "Panic Switch" at its events. The Pickups issued a statement saying, "Without any regard for copyright or intellectual property laws, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has, without permission, begun to use Silversun Pickups' 2009 smash 'Panic Switch' at campaign stops across the country. Neither the band nor its representatives were contacted to gain permission for the use of the song and the band has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign."
Frontman Brian Aubert added, "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign . . . While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."
This isn't the first time this has happened with Republican presidential candidates or their mouthpieces. In 2008, John McCain's campaign was berated by Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne for using their songs without permission.
Earlier this year, Rage Against The Machine joined Rush, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Peter Gabriel as musical acts who insisted that right-wing extremist Rush Limbaugh cease using their music on his radio program.
The Silversun Pickups will begin a fall headlining tour in support of their latest album, Neck Of The Woods, on September 4th in Vancouver, Canada.
Neck Of The Woods, the group's third full-length studio effort, debuted at Number Six on the Billboard album chart in May. It features the Top 10 modern rock hit "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)."