On the gorgeous spring afternoon that Dinosaur Love agrees to meet me, he insists on rendezvousing in front of the giant red Tyrannosaurus Rex outside the Phoenix Art Museum, because of course he does. The singular mind behind this obsessive music project, better known as Peter Kulikowski, arrives modeling a teal fossil tee, some kind of kimono, yellow slacks, even dinosaur socks, not to mention his Pixar-approved dino hat.
So, if you haven't already figured it out, Dinosaur Love is really into dinosaurs.
Which is great, actually. This is all Kulikowski needs. Who doesn't like dinosaurs? I don't want to meet that person because they sound really boring. Blending acoustic guitar with his '80s-era Hammond organ, Dinosaur Love is a somewhat folk-punk, tongue-in-cheek approach to celebrating our extinct fossil friends.
But Kulikowski is also a fitting specimen for what it means to be "prolific"' -- this year, he's ambitiously challenged himself to release a new lo-fi single every week on his Bandcamp. So, at the end of 2015, Kulikowski will have enough songs to fill four or five albums, which is already on top of more than two dozen songs already recorded. Dinosaurs Attack, his 16-track debut on Related Records included such highlights as "Meteors Fuckin' Suck," "Tyrannosaurus Sex," and "You Make Me Feel Like A Pterodactyl."
Since starting this project in summer 2013, Kulikowski has been nothing if not ambitious -- and he already has his next album, due sometime in 2016, in mind. It's a concept album called The Gospel, about the Illuminati and (this will surprise you) dinosaurs, plus probably a bunch of other stuff -- Kulikowski isn't sure yet. But is he ever worried about running out of subject matter? Not on your life.
"I'm pretty sure I can put dinosaurs in any situation and it'll be awesome," Kulikowski says, nodding. "I'm never going to run out material."
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Dinosaur Love is also looking to branch out, as he's started collaborating more. His last single for his project, "I Killed The Dinosaurs (With Black Magic)" Kulikowski was joined by Cultist #138 of The Cult of the Yellow Sign. But what's even stranger is how these songs (allegedly home-recorded in a volcano on Grand Avenue) are captured.
"How I write it is, dinosaurs telepathically communicate the songs to me from the past -- I'm just preaching their word," Kulikowski says, deadpan. "And that typically comes to me the day before or the day of that I'm supposed to record. It's very convenient."
Naturally, all this interest in prehistoric monsters makes Kulikowski somewhat of an expert on the subject. For example, he explains how dinosaurs really went extinct.
"There are a lot of different theories, my favorite being that dinosaurs didn't actually go extinct -- the meteor was a spaceship that took them to explore the stars," Kulikowski explains, matter-of-factly. "See, people think that humans built the pyramids. What really happened is humans take credit for everything dinosaurs did in the past -- all the advanced technology, like the Aztecs, Egyptians, and the Mayans were all actually dinosaur technologies. That's why they all have pyramids. Pyramids were the ways the dinosaurs went up to the stars. And humans, after discovering these things, being the selfish beings they are, took credit for them."
This, of course, is explained in detail on the scratchy, plucky song called "Aliens Helped Dinosaurs Build The Pyramids."
"I learned this watching Ancient Aliens," Kulikowski adds. "They talk about humans a lot, but what they don't mention is all the dinosaur hieroglyphs and all the dragon mythology in every single culture."
Dinosaur Love is scheduled to play ThirdSpace on Friday, March 20.
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