We Know, Plato! was an indie rock band based in Richmond, Virginia. The band was formed when Mark Strong moved back to Richmond from LA and found Benvolio Willson's solo work online. The lineup solidified with Daniel Medley joining in Summer of 2007 and Todd Baker joining in early 2008, during the recording of their second EP, "Turn On the Outside Lights", which never came to fruition.
We Know, Plato! had a song featured in the hit show Gossip Girl on November 10, 2008. They have also been featured in numerous blogs, newspapers, and websites.
In 2005, Mark Strong, former bassist and then keyboardist of The Waking Hours and multi-instrumentalist/co-songwriter for Edison Gower, had come back to Richmond from a brief stint in California and browsed the internet where he found Richmond musician Benvolio Willson and contacted him with a means to collaborate.
Willson was still finishing up college, recording solo songs in dorm room, and playing with Harrisonburg, Va band "Roy Rogers". Being away at college initially made it hard for the two to efficiently collaborate but, by late 2006, they had shared a show together as separate musicians, and in early 2007 We Know, Plato! was formed., ,
In the fall of 2007 the duo enlisted Richmond-newcomer Daniel Medley fresh out of high school. We Know, Plato! played two shows as a trio. Shortly after New Zealand keyboardist/vocalist Julia Manhire, now Julia Marquardt, was recruited. In the end of April 2008, bassist Steve Chiles, having formerly played for the band Brian Bachman and the New Romancers, entered the band as the final member of WK,P!., ,
In the wake of both Steve departing the band to dedicate his time to family/work, and Julia's departure due to time constraints, the band acquired a new bassist- Daniel Medley's brother-in-law, Todd Baker., ,
We Know, Plato! disbanded in June 2009 due to both Willson's and Strong's preference to concentrate on a more focused, truer sound, as was soon to be found in their side-project "Carlyle Petes' Chessmen of Doom", which is now their main project, renamed "Make Phantoms"., ,
Mark Strong and Ben Willson continue to work on their new project, Make Phantoms, and Daniel Medley has since started a new project titled Those Manic Seas.
Benvolio Willson - Piano, Vocals, Lyrics (2006-2009),
Mark Strong - Guitar, Vocals (2006-2009),
Daniel Medley - Drums, Synths (2007-2009),
Todd Baker - Bass (2008-2009),
Steve Chiles - Bass (2007-2008),
Julia Manhire - Vocals, Keyboard (2007-2008)