Alt rockers Silversun Pickups have issued a cease-and-desist order against US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The band have taken issue with Romney using their track ‘Panic Switch’ as part of his campaign against incumbent Democratic president Barack Obama, Billboard reports. The election will take place on December 17.
“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” singer and guitarist Brian Aubert said in a statement. “We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney!”
He added that the group had been “very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good.” However, “while he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends,” he said.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, the Foo Fighters asked Republican candidate John McCain to stop using their track ‘My Hero’. ” The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song,” the band said at the time.
Silversun Pickups formed in Los Angeles in 2002. The band’s latest album ‘Neck Of The Woods’ was released in May.