Following in the footsteps of its second season, Game of Thrones season 3 will be adding a little bit of indie rock to its soundtrack. While season 2 featured The National's cover of the song "The Rains of Castamere" (the haunting song that played over the "Blackwater" credits), season 3 will feature a contribution from the New York-based rock band The Hold Steady.
The band have recorded a version of "The Bear and Maiden Fair," a song that figures into the show's third season (and shares its name with the George R.R. Martin-penned seventh episode). The song will be included in an upcoming 7'' vinyl to be released on April 20 as part of Record Store Day 2013.
“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 Dan Weiss said in a statement. “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.”
It'll be great to hear this song -- if it's anywhere near the quality of "The Rains of Castamere," it'll be fantastic. I know I'll be picking up this vinyl on Record Store Day.
Game of Thrones season 3 starts March 31 at 9/8c on HBO.