In the late 50's the first wave of twangy surf and neo "surf" guitar bands created such artists as Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, The Ventures and Link Wray. The electric guitar--a vital ingredient in the development of rock and roll--was now thrust center stage. In the late 90's and beyond, swept up in the new wave of "surf guitar" bands, the critically acclaimed instrumental trio, the MERMEN, are considered the genre's most intrepid and inspired revisionists. Taking on surf music with what Option called "a revivalist purism, but a contemporary sensibility", the MERMEN are one of the more offbeat bands to emerge from the surf renaissance, and survive well beyond the trendiness. As the Los Angeles Reader says"If you're looking for bikini-clad babes and cocktails at five, you've come to the wrong beach. The Mermen are the sonic equivalent of a mandelbrot set, waxing ever more cryptic and beautiful. Gorgeously complex, dreamy and oblivious to time, supremely unrushed divine textures seduce us like the melancholy bleatings of Arctic whales."
Genre-bending and transcendental, the MERMEN make music that the Los Angeles Times says: "refuses to be pigeonholedby soaring in all directions--from pretty, atmospheric psychedelia to electrifying Hendrix-esque soloing to punchy punk inspired riffing..."