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Since first joining forces in 2014, hardware freak Parrish Smith and former punk activist Mark van de Maat (founder of Amsterdam’s admirable Knekelhuis label) have earned a reputation for delivering the kind of incendiary live shows that were once the preserve of British multi-media mavericks such as Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle.
With Smith working a range of hardware gear – three drum machines, two samplers, outboard effects units, and a range of vintage synths – and van de Maat adding forthright vocals, the duo has struck up a rapport with live audiences across Europe and beyond. Mutilating and manipulating their songs on the fly, Volition Immanent takes no prisoners in pursuit of artistic expression.
In 2018, they released their debut album, following the MIND records 7” and occasional contributions to compilations on Knekelhuis and Contort Yourself. Early 2019 saw another release on MIND, ‘Photosynthetic’ as well as their inclusion in 2019’s SHAPE platform. This has put Volition Immanent’s instinctive, do-it-yourself approach to music-making and performance centre stage, offering an insight into their intoxicating brand of no-holds-barred intensity.