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

Labels:

EMI


Antenna Recordings

Members:

Milan Borich - vocals, guitars

Tim Arnold - vocals, guitars

Matthias Jordan - keyboards

Michael Franklin-Browne - drums

Michael Hall - bass, vocals