What Is This? (known prior to 1980 as Anthym) was a rock band that originated in Fairfax High School in California and would play numerous shows along the coast of California. Originally named Chain Reaction when the band members were in junior high school, What Is This? were formed before and played around the same time as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was one of two original people who acted as roadies for the band and would introduce the band before they went on stage. The band played many local Los Angeles California area gigs as Anthym, then changed their name to "What Is This?" shortly before they were asked to open for the band Oingo Boingo at The Country Club in Reseda for the debut of their first album Only A Lad.Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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