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PLUTO is a New Zealand rock band (mostly) based in Auckland. The group played their first concert together opening for Neil Finn in 2001 and have gone on to support the likes of Duran Duran, Crowded House, Muse, Gomez and The Dandy Warhols. They
performed at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas twice, and made regular appearances at the Big Day Out.

PLUTO’s most successful commercial release to date is their second album, Pipeline Under the Ocean (2005), which went double platinum on the RIA NZ albums chart. The album’s lead single Long White Cross won the 2006 Tui Award for Best Song of the Year. From the same album, Dance Stamina took out the 2006 B-Net Award for Best Song of the Year.

In the late 90's, Milan Borich and Tim Arnold, residing in London at the time, teamed up to create PLUTO. The duo began writing most of the songs that would become their first album Red Light Syndrome.

On Milan and Tim’s return to Auckland, Matthias Jordan, Mike Hall and Michael Franklin-Browne joined the band and they began recording PLUTO’s debut album.

In 2001, the album Red Light Syndrome was released on Antenna. The debut album was praised by critics and embraced by college radio, but momentum stalled due to ongoing issues with the record label and the band had to wait to release their sophomore effort.

Eventually PLUTO was freed from their contract with Antenna and immediately signed with EMI to release Pipeline Under the Ocean. The album gave the band wider appeal and a broader fan base. Off the back of the release, PLUTO set forth on an extensive tour through New Zealand, Australia, USA and England.

In 2007, the band released their third album Sunken Water with EMI before parting ways with the record company. Work then begun on their fourth album to be released on their own record label. The first single Snake Charmer was released in 2009... then... PLUTO broke up.

Fast forward almost a decade and PLUTO is back.

Sparked by the discovery of a back-up session of the unfinished fourth album, the band decided to pick up where they left off. The album is set to be released in September 2019 under their own company, 5 Moon Entertainment, with the first single Oh My Lonely leading the way in June 2019. This fourth album release will see the band
play live once again.

Band Members:
Michael Franklin-Browne (drums)
Mike Hall (bass, vocals)
Milan Borich (lead vocals, guitar)
Tim Arnold (vocals, guitar)
Matthias Jordan (keyboards, vocals)






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New single for Pluto
Posted: Wed Sep 2, 2009 3:42 pm

'Snake Charmer' is the first single from the forthcoming Pluto album.

It is also a mark of celebration as the band embark on their journey as a completely independent band.


Pluto have formed their own record label, Slow Rodriguez Records, built their own recording studio, The Wall, and incorporated their own graphic design suite all topped off with a green screen studio for music video shoots!

Says Tim Arnold “The world of music has changed. It’s not about massive album budgets anymore. You have to find a different way of working. We’ve taken back the control of our band. We make everything ourselves now, like we used to. It’s liberating, and the music reflects that. It’s a lot more fun.”

In keeping with the DIY aesthetic, the band recorded 'Snake Charmer' at The Wall Studios, where their next album will also be produced. The release of 'Snake Charmer' will be ushered in with their first music video from The Wall that was made with the help of talented director Florian Habicht (Woodenhead, Kaikohe Demolition).

Having spent the best part of a year setting up their studio and their label, the band are champing at the bit to focus on the music again.

The 'Snake Charmer' release will be followed by some long awaited live appearances, with the album scheduled for release in early 2010.

Pluto are:

· Milan Borich (lead vocals, guitar)
· Tim Arnold (guitar, vocals)
· Matthias Jordan (keyboards, vocals)
· Mike Hall (bass, vocals)
· Michael Franklin-Browne (drums)


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Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:30 pm
welcome to 2006 and it seems nobody else uses this website to see pluto but i love dem so much!!!! if u share my love for pluto den email me [email protected]!! rock on milan is hott but his wife/or soon to be is a wicked actress, so go them!!! yeah add me to msn.

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Pluto - Watch The Video
Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:59 am
Thanks to EMI for the following:

Pluto are packing their kit bags and venturing forth, extending an invitation to the UK to get a taste of Kiwi. Pluto are a band’s band. Articulate renegades with attitude and something to say and their new album, “Pipeline Under the Ocean,” is complex, unique and different from anything else around. While stopping over in London for a show on the way home from SXSW last year, this is Pluto’s first full scale ground assault on UK music lovers.

2005 has been filled with many highlights for the Auckland 5 piece including a 2nd invitation to SXSW in Austin Texas, the release of their 2nd album in NZ, 2 consecutive #1 songs at alternative radio, 2 NZ tours and headlining the recent bNet awards where they took away song of the year for “Dance Stamina”. Check out the song and video here. Previously the band has supported the likes of Muse, Gomez, The Dandy Warhols and Neil Finn.

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Pluto Nominated For Squeeze People Choice Awards
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 4:29 pm
Pluto have received the following nominations in the Squeeze People Choice Awards:

* Best Band/Artist

* Best Music Videos (Bananas In The Mist)


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Pluto Nominated For B.Net Awards!
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 4:13 pm
Pluto have received the following nominations in the 2002 B.Net Music Awards:

* Best Pop/Rock Release (Red Light Syndrome)


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