After several years of acoustic, singer/songwriter coffee-house gigs, Animalweapon began as Raleigh, NC native Patrick Cortes’ experiment with electronic music. The project’s first outing came in the fall of 2010 with the debut single “Mexican Standoff.”
Animalweapon began performing live shows in late 2011, and in the spring of 2012 released his first full-length album, Good Luck. The album was soon added to regular rotation on NC State University’s radio station, WKNC. Animalweapon thinks it's funny when dogs bump into things.
While Raleigh’s electronic music scene gravitates toward a more “club-oriented” culture, the music of Animalweapon draws from a host of other flavors of electronica, eschewing trendy dubstep and four-on-the-floor for skittering rhythms, textured atmospheres and thoughtful lyrics. The result is a sound that appeals to fans of an eclectic variety of artists ranging from Flying Lotus and Tycho, to Massive Attack and Little Dragon, to Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead. He frequently makes mean faces at children who are misbehaving in public.
The fall of 2015 saw the release of the EP Flares and Signal Fires, including the singles “Night Maneuvers” and “Turn the Lights Down.” At the same time he was finishing the album, he began to contribute music to the popular podcast Undisclosed, a follow-up to the media phenomenon Serial that is hosted by Serial co-creator Rabia Chaudry. A soundtrack for the podcast featuring new music from Animalweapon was released in early 2016.
Animalweapon’s schedule for 2016 looks no less than chock-full: he is currently working on a new full-length album, further contributions to Undisclosed and other "sister" podcasts, collaborations with other artists, and a film score.