Fists of Love play and record against the post-industrial backdrop of Cincinnati's Mill Creek Valley. Conceived by songwriters Donna Jay Rubin (Snake Punching Contest) and Chris Schadler (Fairmount Girls) upon Rubin's return from the west coast, the band began as a 3-piece joined by drummer Mathew Arnold (Mallory) in 2008. Cedric Rose soon replaced Arnold on drums. F.O.L. shortly thereafter became a 4-piece when joined by Mike Weinel (High and Low, Brian Olive band) on bass. Mike played with the group for nearly a year. Recently joined by John Curley (Afghan Whigs, Staggering Statistics) on bass, the four friends continue to play and record amongst the vibrant talent of the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky music community. Other contributing musicians have included Eric Bingham (The Griefs) and Dan McCabe (The Kiss me Everlasting). The Fists Of Love debut EP, recorded by Brian Olive at the Diamonds Studio as well as some tracks recorded by John Curley, at Ultrasuede is now out on Cincinnati's own All Night Party Label.
Donna J Rubin - Vocals and Guitars
Chris Schadler - Vocals and Guitars
Cedric Rose - Drums
John Curley - Bass
Debut, self-titled, 7-song EP released March 20, 2010 on The All Night Party Label.
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Featured Musician Fists of Love! Visit their MySpace and EPK This band is as enigmatic as t...Featured Musician
Fists of Love!
Visit their MySpace and EPK
This band is as enigmatic as their name, but their lineup reads like a well-crafted resume:
Chris Schadler, Vocals/Guitar (Fairmount Girls, Neato Torpedo, Spiderfoot)
Donna Jay Rubin, Vocals/Guitar (Snake Punching Contest)
Mike Weinel, Bass (The High & Low, Heartless Bastards, The Pariahs)
Cedric Rose, Drums (The Underwoods, Jake Speed and the Freddies)
This grouping of well-known local musicians into a new format spells intrigue. The only way to really know how they sound is to hear them live. Luckily, they have a show this Saturday at The Northside Tavern, starting at 10:30 p.m. No cover.
Fists of Love: Go Sky High
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Conceived by songwriters Donna Jay Rubin and Chris Schadler upon Rubin’s return from the West coast,...Conceived by songwriters Donna Jay Rubin and Chris Schadler upon Rubin’s return from the West coast, Fists of Love began as a three-piece joined by drummer Mathew Arnold (Mallory) in 2008. Cedric Rose soon replaced Arnold on drums and shortly thereafter the band became a four-piece when Mike Weinel (High and Low, Brian Olive) joined on bass. Nearly a year later Mike was replaced by John Curley, and the four continue to play and contribute to Cincinnati’s music scene.
Fists of Love’s sound can be likened to existential drama rock. With sonic in?uences ranging from Bo Diddley to Pink Floyd to The Flaming Lips, they range from psychedelic rock to edgy, dark melodies.
Typical set is about 10 songs, ~30-40 mins. We play all the songs on our EP plus new material. All original; maybe 1 cover.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.