Moogieman And The Masochists at the Tap Social. Photo by Cristina Camilla Px.

We thought they’d penned their career highlight in ‘Mr Curator’, a mandelbrot-mutating satirical rant about industry “creatives” … but they followed it with the astonishing freeze-dried Frankie Knuckles funk of “Ghost Driver”. Both are played tonight, yet are eclipsed by new tracks; ‘Psychotronic World’ is a Moorcock acid travelogue squeezed into a krautrock version of 60s garage, and elsewhere some unnervingly intoned monologues ride the minimal thrum of a pop band having a crack at Basic Channel. Frankly, we don’t dare guess what they’ll do by December.

Nightshift magazine, Oxford, January 2022

Oxford artist Moogieman plays psychedelic geek new wave with his backing band, The Masochists, consisting of Vincent Lynch on bass, Claire LeMaster on synths, Stefano Maio on drum machines/percussion and Clare Heaviside on saxophone.

The Moogieman project was started by Shan Sriharan, based on a rarely used childhood nickname, a still unfulfilled desire to play Moog synthesisers, and an attempt to meld the influence of miserable 80s post-punk bands and vibrant 60s psychedelia with obscure lyrical themes such as film photography and rare psychological conditions.

Moogieman And The Masochists are signed to Oxfordshire/Berkshire label All Will Be Well Records. Live shows have included Common People Oxford, Tandem and Riverside festivals, and in the last year they supported Deeper and Mandrake Handshake at the Jericho Tavern with their new modular synth-sampler enhanced set.

A new album, Dial M For Moogieman, is due for release on 7 October, available on vinyl and digital formats. Previous releases include the vinyl singles My Connection and Ghost Driver, and the album Girls And Film.

Sounds like: The Human League, The Modern Lovers, Magnetic Fields, Olivia Tremor Control.

Brilliant sonic oddball.

Tim Hughes, Oxford Times, 6 September 2018

A little explosion of fuzzy geek pop oddness.

Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing

Messy, childish, wobbly and quite glorious … Musically it is all very lo-fi with a real bedroom synth vibe about it, although the production is spot on and unobtrusive … It is the sign of a good, healthy and artistically nourishing music scene that an artist like Moogieman can not only be birthed but can flourish.

The Ocelot, June 2017

These are songs that can burst your heart into a thousand sentimental pieces.

Oxfordshire Music Scene, Summer 2017

Imagine a John Carpenter soundtrack playing on a slowly decelerating Victrola whilst razor-honed guitar chords accompany deadpan pronouncements.

Nightshift magazine, July 2019