Plagiarists (alternately The Plagiarists) formed in 2004 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, consisting of guitarist and singer Eric Wilson, guitarist Davis Wille, bassist Mikael Witte and drummer Kellen Haines. Haines was replaced at the drums by Blake Wergeland in early 2005. As a quartet, the band recorded an unreleased EP during the summer of 2005 with Afternoon Records owner Ian Anderson.
After adding multi-instrumentalist Brendan Golle on keys and musical toys in late 2005, the band refined their sound and began serious work on their first record. They released their debut album Veto! on Afternoon Records in May 2006, and toured the Midwest in support of the album that summer. Early 2007 brought a 6-month hiatus for the group, as Wergeland and Witte took time to travel abroad. Upon their return, the band began writing material for a new record. In February 2008 the band again teamed up with producer Ian Anderson to record a second full-length, Literal Scene. The record was self-released by the band in May 2008.
Following a national tour during the summer of 2008, drummer Wergeland decided to pursue a job opportunity abroad, effectively ending the band. Wilson, Golle and Witte went on to form Rabbit Rabbit. Golle, recording under the monikers Goob and good boy, is now producing solo material in New York City. Witte moved to Santa Cruz, California in 2009 and now performs with a soul/R and B group, Skinny Ricky and the Casual Encounters. Wilson is now drumming for The Idle Hands, as well as doing some solo recording.
- Eric Wilson - lead vocals, guitar
- Davis Wille - guitar
- Mikael Witte - bass, vocals
- Kellen Haines (2004) - drums
- Blake Wergeland (2005-2008) - drums
- Brendan Golle (2005-2008) - keyboards, vocals, auxiliary percussion
Related web sites
- Plagiarists blog
- Plagiarists on Myspace
- Rabbit Rabbit on Myspace
- Skinny Ricky and the Casual Encounters on tumblr
- good boy on Soundcloud
- The Idle Hands on Facebook