When The Cubes started rolling in 1979 singer/organist Carolyn Striho was still in high school. But, she was already a stage veteran – creating an all-girl band around age 15 and, then about a year later, another group called Prong that played at venues like the Red Grape before the Bookie’s scene.

The Cubes released a 7-inch EP “Spaceheart” in 1979 followed by a split album with The Americatz in 1981. The band was also featured on “Detroit Defaces the 80s” and “Mandatory Music” compilations. All the released from The Cubes were on the Tremor Records label.

While in the band, and attending Wayne State University, Striho also worked at WDET helping out around the station as well as guest hosting programs like “Radios in Motion”, a show dedicated to new wave/punk music.

The Cubes often played with Sonic’s Rendezvous Band. Striho says that’s where she met Patti Smith, but they wouldn’t be close until the 1990s when they went on to share the stage together.

Striho left the band in 1981 and was replaced by Tom Rossiter on vocals & keyboards. Striho went on to form Rough Cut, later renamed Detroit Energy Asylum following a lawsuit with an L.A. area group of the same name but with a different spelling. Striho continues to make music, performing locally and internationally.

Drummer Tony Bojanic is a member of The Seatbelts.

More on Striho’s current work can be found at www.carolynstriho.com

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3 thoughts on “The Cubes

  1. The Cubes did not break up when Striho left. Tom Rossiter joined on keyboards and vocals and they took on more of a new wave sound by replacing Striho’s Farfisa organ with Rossiter’s synthesizer. This version of The Cubes (sometimes billed as “The New Cubes”) were the ones who shared the LP with The Americatz.

    I tried to attach a 20kb jpg photo of the album cover but the website wouldn’t take it. Check the Discogs page linked below.

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