The Hold Steady is headed into the recording studio soon to work on a major project. This project is not of a personal nature; instead, the band has agreed to put together a recording of a song that happens to be quite popular in Westeros.

That’s right, the boys in The Hold Steady have signed on to record some music for HBO’s hit series. The band will perform “The Bear and the Maiden Fair,” a bawdy and loud drinking song written by A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin in conjunction with Game of Thrones musician Ramin Djawadi. According to EW, the song will be available to purchase on Record Store Day (April 20) on 7-inch vinyl. The B-side will be a song called “Criminal Fingers.”

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have given the song their stamp of approval.
"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."

Currently, there’s no word on which episode the song will be used in, although the outlet is noting it’s “not where readers of Martin’s novels would expect.” Last year, Game of Thrones used a similarly interesting song choice when the show signed on the National to record “The Rains of Castemere” for Season 2. This time around, the song about a bear that pursues a maiden should be plenty of fun and I can’t think of a band better than the Hold Steady to take on that role.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO’s schedule on March 31.



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