In a strange turn of events, it now looks as though the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones might have an increased amount of drunken rambling about religion, beat literature and Midwestern angst.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the show’s producers have recruited Brooklyn rock group The Hold Steady to contribute to the film’s soundtrack. Similar to last year, when producers had The National record the George R.R. Martin-penned song “The Rains of Castemere,” The Hold Steady will helm the raucous tavern song “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” whose lyrics appear in the book.
“As with the National, we went after one of our favorite bands and were happily surprised when they agreed to do it,” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are quoted as saying in the article. “This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc. We wanted our rendition to be bawdy and a little sloppy — drunken musicians getting up on the table and jamming while the rowdy party continues around them. There was no one better for the job than the Hold Steady, and the song they delivered has been stuck in our heads for the last four weeks.
The Hold Steady will release a 7” record for April 20’s Record Store Day that will include the song, as well as an original composition called “Criminal Fingers.”