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, which was added to rotation on Raleigh’s WKNC soon after.
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 fall of 2015 saw the release of the EP Flares and Signal Fires. At the same time he was finishing the EP, Animalweapon began to contribute music to the popular podcast Undisclosed, a follow-up to the media phenomenon Serial hosted by Rabia Chaudry. A soundtrack for the podcast was released in early 2016, and in 2017 Animalweapon was awarded the 2017 Webby Award for his work on Undisclosed.
Alongside several other planned projects, Animalweapon will release his second full-length album in the spring of 2019.