Pluto Profile

Gareth Shute
4 Nov 2015

Pluto seemed to appear out of nowhere at the turn of the millennium and immediately had success on student radio with two sparse, poppy acoustic tracks, 'She's Jive' and 'Hey Little'.

Yet their real aim was the multi-layered rock sound they achieved on their long-delayed second album, Pipeline Under The Ocean (2005), which sold double platinum. Another album followed and the group began to fragment soon after, though the individual members continue to appear in different guises on the local music scene.

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Sunken Water, the final Pluto album, released on their own Slow Rodriguez Records in 2007
Pluto, Armageddon 2001, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
The European cover for Pipeline Under The Ocean
Celebrating the completion of Red Light Syndrome sessions at Tim Arnold's flat in Herne Bay, 1999. L to R: Tim Arnold, Matthias Jordan, Nick Abbott (producer and sound engineer), Milan Borich.
Matthias Jordan
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
Pluto - Long White Cross
Milan Borich at a Red Light Syndrome promo gig, 2002
Tim Arnold and Michael Hall, Armageddon 2001, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
Pluto - Hey Little (2001)
New Zealand Musician, April/May 2001
Pluto at the Kiwi FM launch, February 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Milan Borich at the True Colours show at Auckland's St. James, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Pluto - Dance Stamina
Pluto at Big Day Out, Auckland, 2003
Milan Borich and Michael Hall, Ohope, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Pluto: Milan Borich, Tim Arnold, Matthias Jordan with early bassist Dan.
Photo credit: Photo by Stephen Langdon
Pluto - Moscow Snow (Live at Helen Young Studio, 1999)
Red Light Syndrome, 2001
Tim Arnold and Michael Franklin-Browne
Tim Arnold at a Red Light Syndrome promo gig, 2002
Milan Borich with Matthias Jordan
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
Pluto - Radio Crimes
Milan Borich, Tim Arnold and Michael Hall
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Pluto - She's Jive (2001)
Milan Borich and Tim Arnold
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
Pluto, 2007: Michael Franklin-Browne, Tim Arnold, Milan Borich, Michael Hall and Matthias Jordan
Milan Borich and Mike Hall
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
An early promo shot of of Tim Arnold and Milan Borich
Pluto at Big Day Out, Auckland, 2003
Pluto - Broken Hearted
Pluto setlist, Big Day Out, 2008
Matthias Jordan and Milan Borich
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
Michael Franklin-Browne, True Colours show at Auckland's St. James, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Milan Borich at Big Day Out
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Milan Borich, Ohope, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Pluto recording Bananas In The Mist and Stick With It as the final recordings for Red Light Syndrome, at Bic Runga's house, Titirangi, 2000
Matthias Jordan
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
The Red Light Syndrome preview at Auckland's Classic Cinema, July 2001
Mike Hall
Mercenaries vs. Pluto, with The Professor, Dalmation Cultural Society, April 2000
Pluto, in a 2005 EMI publicity shot: Tim Arnold, Michael Franklin-Browne, Milan Borich, Matthias Jordan and Michael Hall
Photo credit: Photo by Rob Trathern
Milan Borich
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
The Mark Roach-designed cover for Pluto's first single, A1 A2, released by Antenna in 2000
Pluto at Armageddon, Aotea Centre, Auckland, 2001
Whanganui Stadium, 2004, where Pluto played with Dave Dobbyn and Stellar*
The poster for the launch of Red Light Syndrome at Auckland's Galatos, August 2001
Michael Hall
Photo credit: Photo by Larry Jordan
An outtake from a Pluto publicity shoot: Michael Hall, Matthias Jordan, Milan Borich, Tim Arnold and Michael Franklin-Browne
Milan Borich, Tim Arnold, Matthias Jordan, Michael Franklin-Browne and Michael Hall, 2005
Pluto on the cover of Real Groove, February 2005
Pluto in 2004: Michael Franklin-Browne, Matthias Jordan, Tim Arnold, Milan Borich and Michael Hall
Pluto, Ohope, 2004
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
Pluto at the Kiwi FM launch, February 2005
Photo credit: Photo by Gareth Shute
Labels:

EMI


Antenna Recordings

Members:

Milan Borich - vocals, guitars

Tim Arnold - vocals, guitars

Matthias Jordan - keyboards

Michael Franklin-Browne - drums

Michael Hall - bass, vocals

Trivia:

Pluto’s first gig supporting Neil Finn came through a friendship with Bic Runga and she added backing vocals to ‘Bananas in the Mist’ on their first album. They returned this favour by working with her – Borich recorded drums and Arnold recorded guitars/ bvs for her album Beautiful Collision (2002) and Arnold also appeared on Birds (2005).

Borich appeared on the P Money single 'Falling Down' in 2010.

Mike Hall’s first experiences in the Auckland live scene were as the singer of hardcore band, Balance.

The painting on the cover of Red Light Syndrome is by Matthias Jordan.