In the early 1990′s, Throughout the region of Southern California known as the Inland Empire the name “The Hoodlumz” stood alone in a plethora of alternative music groups. The Hoodlumz formed in 1989 as a garage punk rock band. Though they quickly evolved to what they called “hoodlum rock”, a natural progression from their punk rock roots.
The Hoodlumz has taken the fun and energy of circa 1980 Los Angeles punk rock then mixed in the principles of hard rock percussion and the splendor of innovative guitar work. The group is also known for their gang vocal technique and poetic song writing.
As live performers, the Hoodlumz showed they understood that the audience is there to be entertained, They always lived up to their promise to provide the people what they what, A great show.
The band longest line-up consisted of Curt Wylde – Bass/Lead vocal, Juan Whyte – Drums, Chris Hernandez – Guitar/vocal, and Fred Wright – Rhythm Guitar/vocal.
The Hoodlumz released a 7″ EP titled “Skin of the Soul” on Delirium Records. These recordings show some of the versatility of the group, from the punk sound of Cruel World to the metal edge of Mother of Pain and the Pop-rock sound of Out Alive.
Shortly after the recording of “Skin Of The Soul” EP, The band parted ways. The members of the Hoodlumz remain friends. Whenever they run into each other, a smile crosses their faces, even before a word is spoken. It is like a hidden secret, an inside joke that only a Hoodlum would get. Fred and Curt would join the reformation of Fred’s earlier band, Organized Crime. From time to time the four Hoodlumz would get together to jam, but from the mid 1990′s through the mid 2000′s the members would reach out to each other to help on different recording projects.
In December of 2008 Juan Whyte, Chris Hernandez, Fred Wright and Curt Wylde returned to the stage to play their songs for the first time in over 15 years. Since the reunion, the Hoodlumz has continued to perform. In the March of 2012, the boys started recording their first Ep. Too Old To Die Young features new and early songs as well as a version of the Cars song "Just What I Needed".