Ruby Isle's iTunes-banned Guns N' Roses cover album available as free download


Hot on the heels of their record release party(where incidentally no record was released), Mark Mallman and his band, Ruby Isle, are giving away their electro-tribute rendition of the Guns N' Roses classic, Appetite for Destruction.

[jump] While it may have been a bit naive for the band to assume it'd be ok with the uppity Axl Rose and company to just go ahead with the song for song redux of Appetite without permission, we do admire their bravado. Ultimately, the band was forced to remove the tracks from iTunes and are not allowed to even sell their CDs at shows. (Because you know small time indie bands are known for just getting crazy rich these days selling CDs.)

But the law is the law, and since there is no fruit sweeter than that which is forbidden, Ruby Isle have decided to go ahead and give the music to fans for free. The result is a bouncy homage to the classic album that reflects the original's moody darkness with jazz inflection on tracks like my personal favorite "I Think About You," "My Michelle," the anthemic "Paradise City," "It's so Easy," and "You're Crazy," all set to a disco beat.

Dancing with "Mr. Brownstone" has never been easier with all the robotic voices, blips and bleeps and keyboard vamps that make up the core sound of Ruby Isle. Special guest Har Mar Superstar also represents, delivering some soul to "Sweet Child of Mine," while chanteuse Nicole Godiva (who also plays with Mallman in Waxx Maxx) helps drown out the aggression of "Rocket Queen" with a French version of the original's reprise, making the tribute a more sincere reconstruction than just the campy imitation you might expect.

You can download the entire record from Ruby Isle here.

While it may take Axl Rose another decade to release another Guns 'N' Roses record, Mr. Serious himself, Mallman has plenty in store for 2011, including a new record of original material in the fall, a film documentary and abbreviated release of his 78-hour marathon performance, "Marathon 3," and is currently embarking with his own band for a month-long tour of the Midwest that will bring him back to the Twin Cities with a show in the 7th St. Entry on March 19.

No word yet if Mark and Ruby Isle will be doing a version of G'N'R's Chinese Democracy, but we'll let them take their time on that one.

Mark Mallman's February tour dates:

2/4 - The Record Bar - Kansas City, KS

2/5 - The Replay - Lawrence KS

2/18 - THE ROX - St Cloud MN

2/26 - U of Morris - Spring Fest - Morris, MN

3/11 - Upfront and Co. - Marquette, MI

3/12 - Upfront and Co. - Marquette, MI

3/15 - The Aquarium w/ELECTRIC SIX - Fargo, ND

3/19 - 7th St. Entry - ALL AGES - Mpls, MN

3/19 - 7th st. Entry - 21+ - Mpls, MN