HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood has seen some changes in Season 5—new developments and even new cast members, most notably the arrival of Detective Eliot Stabler himself, Christopher Meloni, as Authority leader Roman—and it’s had its on and off spells, but since its start, one aspect of the show has stayed consistently great, and that is music supervisor Gary Calamar’s soundtrack. Everyone from swamp-rock house-trashers Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers to New Orleans legends like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint to Neko Case and Damien Rice have been featured on the show’s haunting and irresistible soundtrack, and now the show can add Iggy Pop and Bethany Consentino of Best Coast to its ever-growing stable of featured musicians.
The two recorded an original song, written by Calamar and James Combs, called "Let’s Boot and Rally," a driving garage-blues track that’s equal parts bayou boat and muscle car. And for what it’s worth, the combination of Iggy and Bethany Consentino is pretty close to what we’d imagine Sookie and Bill sounding like if they recorded a song together.
Calamar told KCRW that the song, based on the title of an episode, "wrote itself," and finding the performers was pretty serendipitous too. Iggy Pop, as it turns out, is a pretty big True Blood fan, and when Calamar sent him the demo of the track, it turned out to be a good fit. He sought out Consentino, he says, after listening to his "favorite song of the summer," Best Coast’s "The Only Place."
The episode airs July 8th and in the meantime, you can listen to the track via SoundCloud here.