Lover In Hiding: Maxi Single

by My Pet Dragon

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“With MPD’s eclectic mix of styles and discerning lyrics, ‘Lover in Hiding’ is an excellent primer to their full length album, scheduled to be released later this year.”
--Music Aloud

“My Pet Dragon plays well-crafted alt-rock and vocalist/songwriter Todd Michaelsen has a tenor voice that falls somewhere between Thom Yorke and Muse's Matthew Bellamy."
--Brooklyn Rocks

“Todd Michaelsen's voice shines!”
--Southside on the Town

“I can’t help but think of 80s dance tunes when I hear 'Between Us', not the cheesy ones, the good stuff that has stood the test of time. And then, effortlessly, Todd Michaelsen switches gears with 'New Nation' and takes us on a folk song journey, equally beautiful as all the other tracks.”
--Love Shack Baby

“Fans of atmospheric pop with just the right amount of grit will want to take note.”
--Bill’s Music Forum

“Michaelsen has a vocal range that would make Thom Yorke jealous.”
--Lucid Culture

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Words and music by Todd Michaelsen
Published by Dragon's Lair (ASCAP)

Produced by Stephen George for Gimme That Sound Productions


Track Credits:

TODD MICHAELSEN: vox, guitar, keys, programming

REENA SHAH: vocals, percussion

DANNY LOUIS: Bass

RAJEEV MADDELA: Drums


Mixed By Stephen George

Assistant Engineer Dakota Bowman

Mastered By Chris Gehringer
at Sterling Sound

Logo Concept: Shiro Akiyoshi | Sleeve Layout: Gene Amoroso
Photograh: Damien Contessa

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"a band to keep your eye on in 2011" -Only the Blog Knows
onlytheblogknowsbrooklyn.com/2010/12/31/otbkb-music-my-pet-dragon-played-the-rockwood/


“With MPD’s eclectic mix of styles and discerning lyrics, ‘Lover in Hiding’ is an excellent primer to their
full length album, scheduled to be released later this year.” -Music Aloud
www.musicaloud.com/2010/06/15/review-love-in-hiding-by-my-pet-dragon/



“My Pet Dragon plays well-crafted alt-rock and vocalist/songwriter Todd Michaelsen has a tenor voice
that falls somewhere between Thom Yorke and Muse's Matthew Bellamy." -Brooklyn Rocks
brooklynrocks.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-pet-dragon-plays-cameo-gallery-on.html

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Biography:

The My Pet Dragon story begins with a young Todd Michaelsen climbing into his old, beat-up Buick headed for New York City with a lyric book and Stratocaster in tow….

Todd grew up in upstate New York in a town called Granville, a small mining community on the Vermont border not too far from Saratoga. He grew up listening to his parents rock records of Springsteen, Young, Hendrix, and Dylan, but was also very influenced by 90's alt-rock. He had just quit college to expand his horizons in New York City's East Village, where he crashed on his uncle's couch for a year. After meeting artists, musicians, and DJ's, he moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn and immersed himself in the burgeoning music scene of Brooklyn. It was there he started playing with future My Pet Dragon drummer Rajeev Maddela. The two bonded over a love of rock music influenced by big, expansive artists such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, and Bjork.

It was at Raj's loft/rehearsal space that Michaelsen met Reena Shah, an actress and classical Indian dancer from New Jersey. The two became inseparable and quickly moved in together, their blossoming romance punctuated by the harsh reality of living in a cold water flat in a rough neighborhood. A shared love of music and art got them through this stressful period. Their luck changed when they went to Mumbai to visit Reena’s relatives. It was Todd’s first trip to India and he was amazed by the experience. The couple explored Jain temples and saw live music, dance and the martial arts of Kerala. Indian culture was thriving despite intense poverty, just as they had thrived as a couple despite the hardships of their lives back home. After two months in India, Todd proposed to Reena on a beach overlooking the Arabian Sea.

After the inspiring trip, the couple returned to New York and formed My Pet Dragon, named after Todd's imaginary childhood nemesis. Todd and Reena's journey throughout India heavily influenced Todd’s songwriting—rock fans and DJs, alike, embraced their homemade debut album, First Born. A remixed version of the song “Dragon Breath” was played on BBC Radio and the album and subsequent tour received rave reviews. First Born also caught the ear of acclaimed DJ and producer Karsh Kale, who had Todd write and sing three songs on his 2006 album Broken English and appeared on Breathing Under Water, his 2007 collaboration with Anoushka Shankar. (Todd was also featured on the track 'Phoenix Rising' off of Kale's latest record "Cinema", which debuted at #1 on the iTunes World Music Charts this year). Todd and Reena worked together again on 2009’s award winning animated feature film “Sita Sings the Blues,” with Todd composing the score and original songs, and Reena voicing the title character of Sita.

All of this activity led My Pet Dragon to acclaimed producer Stephen George. George, aka Stevo, was the original drummer in the legendary band Ministry and has recorded and worked with a wide range of musicians including Iggy Pop, The Cars, and Common. Stevo was impressed by First Born and a demo of Todd’s new compositions. He offered to produce and release the next My Pet Dragon record on his newly formed label, Gimme That Sound Productions. Recorded at George’s studio, in a barn located in the Catskills, the recordings feature new friends Danny Louis (Gov't Mule), Carlos Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev), Carl Jason Molina (Hurricane Bells, Longwave), Anthony Rizzo (Little Embers, Garden Variety), as well as My Pet Dragon band members Rajeev Maddela, Mario Padron, Vincent Mascolo, and Reena Shah. The recordings were inspired by classic and contemporary artists such as Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins, Beach Boys and Neil Young, but invoke a unique, ethereal sound driven by Todd’s frenetic guitar strum and melodic tenor voice.

Though many tracks on the record find Michaelsen playing all the instruments and performing all of the vocal parts, during the recording of the album, My Pet Dragon blossomed into a full 5 piece rock band who's combination of power, ambience, and passion set them apart right away. It seems as though Todd has finally found the right musicians he was looking for when he headed to New York City years ago. Maddela's mesmerizing drumming matches the energy of Todd's songs, voice, and guitar playing. Mario Padron's exciting performances and expansive bass playing push the band into new territory, while Vincent Mascolo's beautiful guitar playing and backup singing gives the band its shimmer and ambience. Reena Shah has now started playing keyboards while her singing, dancing, and percussion give the band a unique and soulful presence. "MPD", as their fans call them, are as excited about the new record "Mountains and Cities" as their audience is.
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Track Name: Lover In Hiding
I can see it in your eyes that you feel it too
Something in the wind that is ringing true
An electrical storm pass from me to you
When it disappears what are we to do?

So we howled at the moon and smoked a cigarette
Played your favorite songs and never forget

Lover in Hiding it's safe to come out
You always gave more than you got out
Now you're free to roam anywhere you want
We all cry tears of wine to give you purple clouds

I remember the last time that I drank with you
We were dancing all around like a bunch of fools
Screaming out with joy "baby I love you"
When you leave this earth I will miss you too

So we howled at the moon and smoked a cigarette
Played your favorite songs and never forget
How you sang along to Bob Dylan
And you pointed when the words struck a chord within

Lover in Hiding it's safe to come out
You always gave more than you got out
Now you're free to roam anywhere you want
We all cry tears of wine to give you purple clouds

I remember the last time that I drank with you
We were dancing all around like a bunch of fools
Screaming out with joy "baby I love you"
When you leave this earth I will miss you too

Oh what are we to do?
Oh what are we to do?
Track Name: Between Us
You and me, You and me makes 3 
You say "How can this be?", well it's energy 



You and me, you and me makes 3 

You wonder how could this be? 

Well it's energy 



In between us there is something buzzing 'round 
In between us there is something that Science hasn't found 



All you dream, it's chemistry 

All you dream, well it's chemistry 



You see 

There is something in Between Us, Buzzing Round 

There is something in Between Us that Science hasn't found 



You and me, You and me makes 3 

You say "How can this be?, it's a mystery" 

Oh you and me, you and me makes 3 

You say "How can this be?" well it's energy 



You see 

There is something in Between Us, Buzzing 'Round 

There is something in Between Us that Science hasn't found 

There is something in Between Us, Buzzing 'Round 

There is something in Between Us that Science hasn't found 



There is something in Between Us 

There is something in Between Us 

There is something in Between Us 

in Between Us 

in Between Us 


Track Name: New Nation
A New Nation Rises Tonight 

From the Ashes of Paradise 

We got no guns or flags to fly 

We got no reason to start a fight 



If every language sung under the satellites would join in a Chorus to the Sky: 



"Under the Concrete our Souls Lies 

With the Keys to the Kingdom before our eyes 

Under the Concrete our Souls Lies 
Lets dig it up tonight" 


Left or Right, Black or White, Red or Blue 

Which one of these divide you? 

And to all you Zombies watching the Evening News - 
Your World is much wider than they choose 



If every language sung under the satellites would join in a Chorus to the Sky: 



"Under the Concrete our Soul Lies 

With the Keys to the Kingdom before our eyes 

Under the Concrete our Soul Lies 

Lets dig it up tonight 

Honey lets dig it up tonight 

We gotta dig it up tonight" 



A New Nation Rises Tonight 

From the Ashes of Paradise
Track Name: Lover In Hiding (Radio Edit)
I can see it in your eyes that you feel it too
Something in the wind that is ringing true
An electrical storm pass from me to you
When it disappears what are we to do?

So we howled at the moon and smoked a cigarette
Played your favorite songs and never forget

Lover in Hiding it's safe to come out
You always gave more than you got out
Now you're free to roam anywhere you want
We all cry tears of wine to give you purple clouds

I remember the last time that I drank with you
We were dancing all around like a bunch of fools
Screaming out with joy "baby I love you"
When you leave this earth I will miss you too

So we howled at the moon and smoked a cigarette
Played your favorite songs and never forget
How you sang along to Bob Dylan
And you pointed when the words struck a chord within

Lover in Hiding it's safe to come out
You always gave more than you got out
Now you're free to roam anywhere you want
We all cry tears of wine to give you purple clouds

I remember the last time that I drank with you
We were dancing all around like a bunch of fools
Screaming out with joy "baby I love you"
When you leave this earth I will miss you too

Oh what are we to do?
Oh what are we to do?