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

Comfortingly odd – simultaneously pop at its simplest and catchiest and irreverently skewed.

Nightshift magazine, Oxford, November 2018

Oxford artist Moogieman plays psychedelic geek punk 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.

Moogieman’s new Doppelganger EP is due to be released on 21 November on All Will Be Well Records. He wrote the title track after repeatedly hearing about a lookalike roaming the streets of Oxford and eventually being mistaken for his double. Moogieman is yet to meet his doppelganger but is waiting to be replaced.

According to Oxford’s Nightshift magazine, ‘The EP’s title track might be more straightforward in a vaguely Television Personalities kind of way, except it bobbles and buzzes around like The Residents sneaked into the studio at the point someone pressed Record and no-one realised until it was too late and then everyone decided it sounded pretty cute anyway.’

The Moogieman project was started by Shan Sriharan in 2010 with a rarely used childhood nickname and a still unfulfilled desire to play Moog synthesisers. Armed with just a guitar, he drew on a range of influences from miserable 80s post-punk bands to vibrant 60s psychedelia and attempted to meld them with obscure lyrical themes such as film photography and rare psychological conditions.

Vincent and Claire joined in 2013 while Clare and Stefano were brought in to reinforce the band for the launch of its debut album Girls And Film. Nightshift magazine featured a song from the album, Forty-Four Sunsets, as one of its top tracks for 2017.

Moogieman and the masochists are signed to Oxfordshire/Berkshire label All Will Be Well Records and have played at Common People festival, the Oxford Punt, Oxjam and Cowley Road Carnival.

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

Brilliant sonic oddball.

Tim Hughes, Oxford Times, 6 September 2018

Idiosyncratic but heartfelt vocals bring to mind Syd Barrett at times; there’s a stripped-down, wayward post-punk spirit about the sound.

Nightshift magazine, August 2017

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

A little explosion of fuzzy geek pop oddness

Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing, 28 March 2015