HBO has been exquisite in their selection of artists to sculpt the soundtrack for their hit vampire drama True Blood. We shall never forget Jace Everett's "Bad Things" defining anthem or Bob Dylan's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'". These songs, along with a marvelous score of others, have dictated the sultry, scandalous and ultra seedy persona of the series and have, as a result, become ingrained in our psyches as directly connected to the modern vampire genre. With the debut of the fourth season just around the corner, HBO has begun to seek out new talents to add to the musical mix, further expanding the digital database of preternatural, supernatural songs.
It was announced today that goth-rock icon Nick Cave, along with Neko Case, will be joining the lineup of contributing True Blood legends. It is a superbly natural fit and one that I, personally, cannot wait to hear. According to NME, Cave has recorded a version of The Zombies' classic "She's Not There", of course adding his own mesmerizingly haunting spin on the tune. The new song will be debuted in the first episode of the fourth season on June 26th.
When asked about the collaboration Gary Calamar was recently quoted by Billboard at the Musexpo conference in Los Angeles, "You always want to serve the show, but in the back of my mind I'm always thinking about the soundtrack. The key to a good soundtrack is having fresh recordings."
Indeed, it is and HBO has certainly kept this in mind throughout three previous excellent seasons! The inclusion of Nick Cave and Neko Case into the True Blood folds only adds to the solid southern gothic mystique that has cultivated a thriving global fanbase.