Alain Johannes unearths 1979 demo of pre-Red Hot Chili Peppers band Anthym featuring Flea, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons

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Guitarist Alain Johannes has shared a recording of his high school band Anthym, which featured Red Hot Chili Peppers’ founder members Flea, Jack Irons and Hillel Slovak.

The group first formed at Fairfax High School in California under the name Chain Reaction, initially with bassist Todd Strassman, before changing their name to Anthym.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.