The Mermen are an American rock band from San Francisco, California that formed in 1989. They have since moved to Santa Cruz, California. The group’s sound was originally rooted in surf and psychedelic rock music of the 1960s, although they have made “sincere attempts to get away from the surf music label” and currently delve into many genres, mainly influenced by the band’s founder, songwriter and guitarist Jim Thomas’ modern melodic visions. The band’s music is entirely instrumental and “does a good job of defying description”. In concert, the Mermen almost always performs as a trio: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums.