Silversun Pickups send Mitt Romney the first cease and desist letter of the 2012 campaign

You know campaign season is in full effect when the cease and desist letters from popular rock bands start flowing to (usually) Republican candidates. They tend to be baby-boomer generation bands with a penchant for Americana (John Mellencamp sent one to John McCain over “Our Country,” Tom Petty hit Michele Bachmann with one for “American Girl.”)

But late yesterday Silversun Pickups got to send a cease and desist of their own to Mitt Romney, over his use of “Panic Switch.”

The song title could have some beautifully poetic implications for Romney: Republicans are panicking because there’s no one else for them to vote for… we’re all panicking about what will happen to the other 99.7% of the population if he wins. “While you are (probably) inadvertently playing a song that describes your whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message that you intend,” the band said in a statement.

They also said, “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney!”

On the upside, Mitt can probably still use all the Megadeath he wants.

Read the whole letter at TMZ, and check out “Panic Switch” below.