"Runaway Brides"


Back when both were young, punk and metal regarded each other with suspicion, if not outright contempt. But they got cozy in the mid-'80s, as hard-core punks emulated Metallica and a new generation of metallists admitted its thing for the New York Dolls. Brides of Destruction was founded by two veterans of the metal-puts-on-eyeliner movement, L.A. Guns' Tracii Guns and Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, and the quartet combines metal macho and punk popcraft much the way their '80s bands did. Sixx hopped to the reunited Crue before the group's second album, "Runaway Brides," but that didn't make much of a difference.

The set opens with a piano-and-thump prelude, but it lasts barely a minute. That's characteristic of the Brides, who indulge in stadium-rock pomp, yet do so expeditiously. Much of the band's repertoire consists of peevish rockers in the tradition of second-tier late-'70s punk, complete with B-movie titles such as "Dead Man's Ruin" and "White Trash." With its sprightly swagger, call-and-response vocals and shallow social-comment lyrics, the latter song is about as good as the disc gets.

"Runaway Brides" is hardly epochal, but for anyone in the mood to relive the Reagan-era Sunset Strip scene, it's more fun than a half-dozen Crue reunions.

-- Mark Jenkins

Appearing Saturday at Jaxx.