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Trapper are a Canadian supergroup who gained a bit of extra attention when they got to open for Def Leppard. Sean Kelly (guitar), Emm Gryner (vocals/bass), Frank Gryner (bass/guitar) and Tim Timleck (drums) impressed everyone with their version of “Illégal” by Corbeau on the concert stage. Their only EP sold out long ago, but now Trapper are back with a studio version of “Illégal”. The two-track iTunes single is backed by a surprising cover: “Bye bye mon cowboy” by Mitsou. Two Canadian covers, both in French…ballsy move for a single!
“Illégal” has a beautifully chunky riff, and Kelly captures that with a nice crunchy guitar tone. Emm Gryner’s lead vocal is to die for, squealing in all the right parts, shouting it out loud, and delivering the goods. She has depth, grit, power — the whole package. The drums are huge. When you hear it you’ll be wondering where this song has been your whole life. And that’s all before you hit the guitar solo, a treat in itself, like something from a classic Bon Jovi track that you never heard before.
Now I’ll be honest about something here. As a snobbish rock fan in the 1980s, I hated “Bye bye mon cowboy”. It was on MuchMusic all the time and I grew weary of Mitsou. But I like Trapper’s version! I am pretty sure Mitsou didn’t have this much guitar. Transformed into a rock song, “Bye bye mon cowboy” works! The groove is perfect and Emm’s delivery is just right. Big rock hooks, while still retaining everything important about the original.
As for that guitar crunch? Sean Kelly says “Can’t beat a Les Paul and a Marshall! (Actually the Headrush Plexi amp simulator.)” There you have it, players!
I wholeheartedly endorse Trapper’s “Illégal” and “Bye bye mon cowboy” for your patio this summer. I knew this was going to be good, but I didn’t expect to like “Bye bye mon cowboy” as much as I do. They rocked it up, put it in my ballpark, and I’m pumping my fists to Mitsou! Grab ’em on iTunes today, and cross your fingers and hope Trapper have more music coming in the future.