The Mermen’s style of music has been called a lot of things, surf, rock, psychedelic, ambient, psychobilly, thrash, punk, new-age… and really, it may be all of those things. Their name came from Jimi Hendrix’s song "1983, A Merman I Should Turn to Be" which captures both their love of the ocean and an appreciation of great rock and roll.
The trio of Jim Thomas, Allen Whitman, and Martyn Jones first formed in 1989 and recently reunited late in 2006. They are multi-dimensional people, each with his own unique talent, but all with a love for the music.
The Mermen have released a newly recorded Christmas album – "Do You Hear What I Hear" – and will be performing songs from it at this very special holiday show!
"I started to realize that Christmas songs and music was of its own kind, of its own ilk, very unique and in its own class. Nowhere in any other kind of music is there the strange poetic spirit heard in Christmas songs, with its peculiarly happy musical resonances and words infused with hope, generosity, community and pure joy. That Christmas happens during the darkest, longest nights near the Winter Solstice makes it even more meaningful. It transcends Christianity. John Lennon expresses what it’s all about in his song: ‘Happy Christmas War is Over.’ I love that song so much. Sing along with our record! Merry Christmas to All!" – Jim T. 11/16/2012