Panel of Judges

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Panel of Judges
Panel of Judges at Open Casket EP Launch, 2004
Panel of Judges at Open Casket EP Launch, 2004
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresIndie rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsChapter Music
Gothic Pharaoh Records
Weather Records
MembersDion Nania
Alison Bolger
Paul Williams
Martin Frawley[1]
Past membersMichael Nichols[1]
WebsiteOfficial Site

Panel of Judges is an indie rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Dion Nania began the group in 1997 as a solo project, then added Alison Bolger, Michael Nichols and Paul Williams soon afterwards.

Nania, originally from Geelong, had played with the Golden Lifestyle Band; Bolger, originally from Brisbane, had played bass in Clag and Sleepy Township and in looser configurations such as an improvisational group with Mia Schoen and Ellen Turner; Williams had been a member of Perth group Molasses and, in the early days of Panel of Judges was also drumming in Melbourne band Jaguar is Jaguar; and Nichols had been a formative figure in the Hanshalf Trio in Melbourne, Crabstick and Blairmailer in Sydney, and the 'travelling' group Ruff Buff.[citation needed]

Panel of Judges' first release was an EP, Blind as a Bat on Chapter Music in 1998; their debut album Cool Fool was released later that year after which Nichols left and the band continued as a three-piece. They travelled to Europe in 2002, playing in London and Paris, and returned in 2004 to record their second album No Scandal - No Future - In Heaven, the title of which was 'stolen from a card left on Serge Gainsbourg's grave'. They have since toured Japan and New Zealand; their third album, Bad Vibrations was released on Mistletone in late 2008.


  • Dion Nania - guitar, vocals
  • Alison Bolger - bass, vocals
  • Paul Williams - drums
  • Martin Frawley - guitar



  • Cool Fool (1999)
  • No Scandal - No Future - In Heaven - Independent/MGM (GP4) (20 February 2006)
  • Bad Vibrations - Mistletone[2] (MIST025) (22 November 2008)


  • Blind as a Bat - Chapter Music (CH26) (February 1999)
  • Open Casket - Weather Records (WR007) (September 2004)


  • "Panel"


  1. ^ a b Mess+Noise Panel Of Judges, Bad Vibrations
  2. ^ Rolling Stone March 2009 Album Review (p.107)

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