“[The] CEAs for music are still going strong...This year’s trophies will be given out on Nov. 21 at another sure-to-be legendary CEA party at the Madison Theater in Covington...The 2010 class of CEA nominations features the usual mix of veteran artists and newer, up-and-coming acts. [The] Alternative/Indie category features State Song, The Sundresses, Wussy, Fists of Love and The Seedy Seeds... While [the other] categories are voted on by the public, the three “Critical Achievement Awards” are chosen by the CEA nominating committee. In the “New Artist of the Year” category, Pop Empire, Fists of Love, No No Knots, Soapland, 20th Century Tokyo Princess, Oxford Cotton, UZI and The Skeetones are nominated...”
“Next up was a trip to Below Zero to catch Fists of Love, one of the local scene’s coolest (relatively) new bands. Chris Schadler and Donna Rubin have created a thing of dark beauty with FOL (named, I’m guessing, after the visceral Big Black song), a psychedelic cage match between X and the Cowboy Junkies, a careening rollercoaster ride through the Post Rock apocolypse that somehow manages to sound howlingly chaotic and tightly focused all at the same time. Schadler and Rubin provide the hallucinatory sonic slash and classic guy/girl vocal acrobatics while bassist John Curley and drummer Cedric Rose lay down a formidable bottom that anchors the madness taking shape around them. Fists of Love is the ’60s and ’70s getting together to devour the sex/drugs/Rock and Roll excesses of the ’80s and ’90s and puking up the new millennium in the orgiastic afterglow. Fists of Love is your new favorite band, whether you know it or not. Be aware.”
“Fists of Love Cincinnati • Indie Rock When former Snake Punching Contest singer/guitarist Donna Rubin returned to Cincinnati from the Bay Area a few years back, she forged a musical kinship with adventurous local guitarist Chris Schadler (who also sings) and the seeds of Fists of Love were planted. Bassist John Curley and drummer Cedric Rose eventually jumped on board and this year’s self-titled introductory EP was an excellent representation of the band’s varying shades of entrancing, strangely catchy Noise Pop. Dig it: Thurston Moore joins The Kills and they begin to make alluring, unpredictable Psych Pop together. (MB)”
“Fists of Love followed ... with a strikingly different sound. Featuring John Curley on bass, former member of the booming Cincinnati success, The Afghan Whigs, the band produced easygoing classic rock perfect for cruising around town. Summer was definitely in the air as the commanding rock peppered with hints of punk echoed into the fading daylight. While female vocalist/guitarist Donna Rubin’s free-spirited voice crackled into the microphone, her musical counterpart Chris Schadler supplied smooth, full vocals and sound effects to complete the 1960s-esque performance.”
"Fists of Love is a great collaboration of local music veterans - Donna Jay Rubin (Snake Punching Contest), Chris Schadler (Fairmount Girls), John Curley (Afghan Whigs) and Cedric Rose (the Underwoods). The [band's] debut self-titled EP [is] on Cincinnati's All Night Party label. ANP is helping local musicians produce and market their music in ways that enhance the local music scene. The garage rock release is complete with dirty guitars and that certain sound that Northside is so great at producing."