Pluto muso returns with new band
Having started his love of music at Plimmerton School back in 1986, indie rocker Matthias Jordan is looking forward to returning close to home this week.
Although classical and jazz piano lessons proved valuable, it was Plimmerton School’s electric keyboard and the attention of an audience that set Jordan on a path towards rock’n’roll.
The former Pluto member and his band, Nightchoir – which also features Pluto alumni Mike Hall and Michael Franklin-Browne – play two shows this weekend in Paekakariki and Wellington City.
The indie rock band have just released their second album, See The First Star, a follow-up to 2010’s 24 Hours of Night.
Jordan has also toured recently with Stereobus, Dictaphone Blues, Gin Wigmore and Neil and Sharon Finn’s Pajama Club – including an appearance with Pajama Club on the famous Jools Holland show at BBC London.
It is a far cry from where he started, performing with the Pizzazz Jazz Trio at his Plimmerton School graduation, or with college band Horris & the Girraffes.
Jordan says a recent gig at St Peter’s Hall in Paekakariki with Dictaphone Blues brought back memories of playing at Plimmerton Beach, so he decided to bring his new band back to his old haunts.
Home coming: Former Porirua boy and Pluto rocker Mathias Jordan, left, with Nightchoir bandmates Mike Hall and Michael Franklin-Browne.
Nightchoir plays St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki, 9pm, August 17, and Mighty Mighty, 9.30pm, Wellington, August 18. Tickets available for $12 each person from www.undertheradar.co.nz.