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What Is This?
Background information
Also known asAnthym, Walk The Moon, Eleven
OriginLos Angeles, California
Alternative rock
Associated actsEleven, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Past membersAlain Johannes
Hillel Slovak
Jack Irons
Natasha Shneider
Todd Strassman
Chris Hutchinson
Michael Bocretis

What Is This? was a rock band from Los Angeles, California. The band started in 1977 with two friends from Fairfax High School, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons, who formed a band called Anthym.[1] Flea joined the band as bass player, before leaving to go to college.[1] Flea and another school friend, Anthony Kiedis, asked Slovak and Irons to play with them in a one off group they called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.[1][2] This group became the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Jack Irons were members of both bands. Slovak and Irons left after Red Hot Chili Peppers' first album to keep playing with What Is This?M[2] After Natasha Shneider joined the band, they changed their name to Walk The Moon and then to Eleven.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Red Hot Chilli Peppers" (in English). Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011, Fitzpatrick, Rob, 'Red Hot Chili Peppers: The band that couldn't be stopped', The Guardian, 19 August 2011,, accessed 20 September 2018