Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós pose as King Joffrey’s wedding band, and cover “The Rains Of Castamere“
So, you may or may not have heard (how’s that rock you’re living under?) but HBO’s flagship series Game Of Thrones returned last week to rapturous and bloody applause. With season three ending so explosively, you had to wonder if they could top it, but trust me, they can.
Last week’s introductory episode “Two Swords” served as a sort of refresher as to where most of the characters are, without moving the plot on too much, but last night’s episode “The Lion and The Rose” promised progression aplenty, with King Joffrey’s wedding to the beautiful Margaery Tyrell imminent.
What is great for post-rock fans is that Icelandic trio Sigur Rós make a guest appearance as the wedding band, and in tribute to His Grace, Joffrey of the Houses Baratheon and Lannister, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm (breathe!), the guys today posted a cover of “The Rains Of Castamere,” House Lannister’s unofficial jam and omen of ill fortune (it was the song that was played during the infamous Red Wedding episode last season). Have a listen:
It’s not very long, and includes what we can only assume to be the song in the band’s made up Hopelandic language first, so we’d love to see a full version of the song, which goes as such:
And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that’s all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o’er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o’er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.
What I particularly love about this cover is the sound of wheezing that permeate the background of the track. It sounds like a poorly set of bellows, but as you will know if you’ve seen the episode, it’s actually the last throes of a dying tyrant, as Joffrey suffocates after being poisoned – but by whom? It’s gripping stuff, made even more compelling in this cover by the spine-chilling sound effects.