The Barracudas

From: Highland Springs, VA, USA

This garage band formed in late 1964 and hailed from Highland Springs, VA, a suburb of Richmond. Members of the group included Mike Parker (lead guitar), Chris Layne (guitar), Sam Shaw (base), Butch Earnhardt saxophone, organ) and Donnie Thurston (drums). Thurston’s dad was their manager who honed their skills by entering them in various ‘Battle of the Bands’ throughout the local area.

Their music was initially influenced by the Rolling Stones and Yardbirds, having a hard, fast and loud bluesy edge to it. They could also lean towards folk, as on their debut 45 ‘I Can’t Believe’. In 1967, the released their only LP titled ‘A Plane View Of The Barracudas’ on Justice Records, which featured mostly covers. By 1968 they had evolved into a heavier Cream/Jimi Hendrix Experience jam sound.

In 1969 they released a second and last single, which includes the incredible ‘Days Of A Quiet Sun’ on the A-side. This tune features hypnotic keyboards, high pitched guitar, harmonized vocals, and a great bass line.

Artist information sources include: The book, ‘Fuzz, Acid and Flowers Revisited’ by Vernon Joynson and an article by Bruce Eder at All Music Guide.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 2003 compilation Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things, Vol. 3: Virginia & Outer Spaces 1965-70
Aliens, Psychos & Wild Things, Vol. 3

  • Days Of A Quiet Sun