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


Antenna Recordings

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Members:

Milan Borich - vocals, guitars

Tim Arnold - vocals, guitars

Matthias Jordan - keyboards

Michael Franklin-Browne - drums

Michael Hall - bass, vocals

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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.