What Is This?

What Is This (known prior to 1980 as Anthym) was an American rock band that originated in Fairfax High School in California. Formed by guitarist Hillel Slovak, drummer Jack Irons, vocalist Alain Johannes, and bassist Todd Strassman, the band served as the nucleus for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Members of the band would go on to perform with Eleven, Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam, Mark Lanegan, Them Crooked Vultures, Alain Johannes Trio and Queens of the Stone Age.

What Is This
What is This? in 1984, L-R: Alain Johannes, Hillel Slovak, Chris Hutchinson, Jack Irons
Background information
Also known asChain Reaction, Anthym
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active1980–1986
Past membersAlain Johannes
Hillel Slovak
Jack Irons
Todd Strassman
Chris Hutchinson
Michael Bocreatis

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