Enough to make your hair curl

NOT many groups attempt guerilla warfare but then Sir Walter J Wallis is no ordinary group. In the making of their video for the track The Road to Burlesque they took over hairdresser Dubhe s in Hitchin. Vocalist and guitarist Walter explained that the

NOT many groups attempt 'guerilla warfare' but then Sir Walter J Wallis is no ordinary group.

In the making of their video for the track The Road to Burlesque they took over hairdresser Dubhe's in Hitchin.

Vocalist and guitarist Walter explained that they didn't tell people they were going to be making the video.

He said: "We could fill the town hall doing that so we just went in there, told nobody, and just enjoyed it! They were literally just cutting people's hair and we rolled up!"

And last week they made another dramatic entrance again with their video launch.

Walter said: "We had the Rolls Royce out front and a red carpet. We had to get permission from the police to roll the Rolls up between Halifax and the bin and drive it up to Dubhe's!"

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The vocalist, who hosts the market square stage at the Rhythms of the World festival, said: "We just invited the people that had helped us." And admitted: "It's been mental trying to get it all together!"

But the rave reviews are in and Mark Bright, owner of Dubhe's and member of the group Freak 4 said: "We had a preview of the film and it was absolutely fantastic. It was an amazing night. It was wild!"

The group, includes Mr H Claw on drums, Doctor Hoover on bass, B-Voc's Dam Nation on keys and dancer Simona 'The First Lady' Martini.

Although the group likes to maintain their air of mystery Walter let slip some pieces of his past.

He said: "We used to terrorise London with (the previous group) Walter J Wallis and the Love Free Connection, a psycho funk group. We used to wear big crushed velvet coats!

"This new project has been put together over the last few years. I just wanted to do the albums and videos, get in the studios rather than gigging."

They are currently recording new tunes for Sir Walter J Wallis Presents at The Wendy House and Box Studios in London and looking for an agent, other outlets for the album and a venue to shoot the next video.

Walter said: "I'm hoping to get the massively talented Hannah Brown to direct again as I love the cinematography she's done on the video, it is most excellent!"

The album, described as "an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock", is out in CD Heaven, Replay and David's Bookshop now. Check out the video or find out more at myspace/sirwal terjwallis

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