By Dana Getz
February 25, 2016 at 08:33 PM EST
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Explosions In The Sky

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Update: The video has since been taken down. EITS’ label, Temporary Residence, shared a statement with Pitchfork about the removal: “Temporary Residence and Explosions In The Sky issued an immediate takedown of the Ted Cruz campaign video, as it violates the artist and label’s copyrights. No attempt was made by Ted Cruz’s campaign to seek permission to use this song. All uses of Explosions In The Sky’s music in Ted Cruz’s campaign are illegal and in direct violation of U.S. Copyright law.”

Explosions In the Sky may share a state with Ted Cruz, but they don’t share a political mindset. The Austin post-rockers are less than thrilled about the Republican presidential candidate’s latest campaign video, a clip promoting his recent endorsement from Texas governor Greg Abbott that samples the band’s serene 2003 single, “Your Hand In Mine.” The Stoner’s Journal alerted the group via Twitter to Cruz’s soundtrack, to which the band quickly responded they were “absolutely not okay” with it.

The band join other artists like Adele, Neil Young, Steven Tyler, and REM have come out against politicians’ using their music in campaign ads this season. 

Cruz is not the first southerner to pull from Explosions’ ambient instrumentals. Friday Night Lights used a collection of their tracks for the 2004 film. The four-piece hasn’t indicated any plans to take legal action against the ad, but we doubt Cruz will get a shout out on their upcoming seventh studio album, The Wilderness, due out April 1. Lead single “Disintegration Anxiety” is streaming below.

Explosions In The Sky

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