FREE LIKE ME: Daniel Urbina gets among the crowd at Byron Bay’s Uplift Festival.
FREE LIKE ME: Daniel Urbina gets among the crowd at Byron Bay’s Uplift Festival. Contributed

Busy Maleny duo loves strutting their stuff around the world

AUSTRALIA is renowned for producing bands that are bigger overseas than they are in their own backyard, and Free Like Me is no exception.

The Maleny-based duo has just completed a tour of Europe, including four sets at the world's most iconic festival - Glastonbury.

Momentum is, however, building back home.

The band released a new single, Fire Within, yesterday, following on from recent gigs at the Splendour in the Grass and Bluesfest festivals.

Lead singer Lucy Gallant is still running on the European summer high and hopes to keep it going with a string of singles.

"It was so good (Glastonbury), we were playing in front of thousands of people all singing our songs," she said.

"It was so exhilarating, you just can't explain it.

"When we play we get the whole crowd involved, we get them on stage to sing along, or we'll go out into the crowd.

"Now that we're home we'll be releasing three singles with videos before a full album next year."

Lucy said one of the highlights was meeting The Who lead guitarist Pete Townshend at one of their gigs.

"We were playing at this little absinthe bar and he was just randomly sitting there in the crowd," she said.

"It was amazing because Daniel (Lucy's guitarist) is like his number one fan, but he seemed a little bit rude because he was in a rush.

"He ended up emailing us the next day apologising, saying that he was in a hurry."

Lucy and Venezuelan-born Daniel Urbina formed the band after a chance meeting on the streets of New York in 2011 when Lucy was recording solo work with Lou Reed's bass player, Fernando Saunders.

"I was meeting some friends and my phone ran out of battery, so I stopped this random guy in the street to call them," she said.

The video can be seen at https://youtu.be/T20bv4 Fmh7I and the songs are available at all online music stores and from http://www.FreeLikeMe.com.au

- LUKE SIMMONDS



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