Iconic alt-rock band Pluto share new ethereal psych-rock track “Maybe Twice” and announce their much-awaited 2023 New Zealand tour, playing intimate venues in destinations spanning from Matakana to Christchurch over their five-date stint.
Here’s the blurb with tour dates and ticket info:
With its psych-rock sound set against a 1970s style 12-string acoustic backdrop, “Maybe Twice” evokes the stripped-down side of music in the early 90s Sub Pop catalogue. The track is an ode to the nostalgia of the grunge era of the Pacific Northwest, perfectly capturing the spirit of the time with its fuzzy guitars and dreamy vocals.
“Maybe Twice” is a haunting song that explores Nietzsche’s theory of eternal return. Pluto’s frontman, Milan Borich explains, “The basic concept of the eternal return is that the whole history of the universe has already happened and will happen again. In Nietzsche’s view, the reaction you have to the prospect of repeating every moment of your life indicates whether you’re living your truth.
Throughout the song, vivid imagery and metaphors paint a picture that is both heavy and introspective, carried along its psychedelic sonic trajectory through harmonic vocals, orchestral instrumentation and Milan’s soothing delivery.
“Maybe Twice” is available through all streaming platforms on 6 October 2023, released by 5 Moon Entertainment and produced by long-time collaborator Nick Abbott at North-Western Studios.
PLUTO TOUR DATES:
Thu 26 Oct – Auckland – Wine Cellar
Sat 28 Oct – Matakana – The Rusty Pelican
Sat 25 Nov – Whanganui – Whanganui Musicians Club (All ages)
Fri 1 Dec – Lyttelton – Wunderbar
Sat 2 Dec – Christchurch – Flux
Pluto announce their much-awaited 2023 New Zealand tour, playing intimate venues in destinations spanning from Matakana to Christchurch, over their five-date stint.
Pluto’s huge radio hits “Dance Stamina” and “Long White Cross” are two of the New Zealand’s most anthemic rock songs from the early 2000s; the band’s trajectory quickly exploded as their music became omnipresent on airwaves throughout the country.
Renowned for their live performance, Pluto’s live show is testament to their mastery of multi-layered rock music, from indie, moody, and restrained tunes, to hook-laden hand-clap pop; from angular and energetic songs to psych-rock ballads. They are acknowledged for being ahead of the trending musical curve, harnessing the mastery of their musicianship to create award-winning bodies of work and increasing numbers of fans with each release.
Milan says, “We’re excited to get out on tour again and play some of our favourite places – especially Christchurch and Lyttleton! It’s been too long since we’ve played in the South Island. Christchurch used to be our favourite place to play, which is why we’ve added two dates there.”
Pluto tour facts!
- Those lucky enough to score Wine Cellar tickets will be part of history in the making…
- Adam Hattaway and The Haunters will be supporting Pluto for both Christchurch-area dates; support for other dates TBC.
- Pluto’s drummer, Mike, is a Whanganui local and grew up there. (He is also Head Like a Hole’s drummer!!)
“Borich owns the stage and the crowd is captivated…with a reputation for being an act with a finger on the pulse, we can expect an even more dynamic future for Pluto.” Hollywood Theatre live show review. Ambient Light, 2019
“Pluto are one of those rare bands that manage to capture and project something greater than the sum of their parts. There is a depth to their music that simply cannot be faked.” San Fran live show review. Muzic.net.nz, 2019
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Pluto – (clockwise, from upper left): Tim Arnold, Milan Borich, Michael Franklin-Browne, Mike Hall, Matthias Jordan
Pluto began life near the end of the 20th century as a duo in London, England, and over the next few years morphed into a fully fledged band whilst recording their first album in Auckland, New Zealand. They signed to indie label Antenna and released Red Light Syndrome to critical acclaim in 2001.
After signing to major label EMI, Pluto released their second album, Pipeline Under the Ocean (2005), achieving double platinum on the RIANZ albums chart; lead single ‘Long White Cross’ won the 2006 Tui award for Best Song. Single ‘Dance Stamina’ took out the B-net award for Best Song.
The band toured extensively throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK and were twice invited to play at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
In 2007 Pluto re-entered the studio, this time recording their 3rd album Sunken Water – the first band to record at Neil Finn’s newly constructed Roundhead studios. It would be their final album for EMI.
Work began on their fourth album to be released on their own record label. The first single ‘Snake Charmer’ was released in 2009. Just to keep things interesting the band broke up before the album was completed, the hard drive then crashed and the sessions were all thought to be lost.
In 2019, sparked by the discovery of a back-up session of the lost album, it was agreed by all that the record should be finished. The resulting album, IV, was released through their own company 5 Moon Entertainment Ltd. in November 2019, with the first single ‘Oh My Lonely‘ receiving significant radio play.
Pluto’s first teaser single “After Winter” off their upcoming album was released in December 2021; “Maybe Twice” was released on Friday 6 October, 2023; Pluto’s new record is due out in mid-2024.
Milan Borich – Vocals, guitar
Tim Arnold – Guitar, vocals
Matthias Jordan – Keyboards, vocals
Mike Hall – Bass, vocals
Michael Franklin-Browne – Drums, percussion