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

Of course it shouldn’t work. It should be a complete mess, and yet it’s both hypnotic and immersive, the musical equivalent of finding a battered box wrapped in newspaper under the Christmas tree and finding a strange looking but ultimately beautiful stray kitten inside. The very best kind of surprise.

Nightshift magazine, Oxford, November 2019

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 band released a 10 inch vinyl single, Ghost Driver, in November and are planning an album for the summer that builds on their new, more electronic, synth-based sound.

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.

The Masochists joined one by one to reinforce and develop the sound of the band, settling on the current five-piece lineup for the debut album Girls And Film in 2017. Oxford’s Nightshift magazine did a cover feature on the band in December 2018 and has included Moogieman songs in its top tracks of the last three years.

Moogieman And The Masochists are signed to Oxfordshire/Berkshire label All Will Be Well Records and have played at nearby festivals such as Common People, Oddball, Tandem, the Oxford Punt and Cowley Road Carnival.

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

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

Nightshift magazine, July 2019

Brilliant sonic oddball.

Tim Hughes, Oxford Times, 6 September 2018

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