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“Sorry?” splutters Connan Hosford, better known as Connan Mockasin, as his bandmates cackle in the background. “Excuse me … What did you say before?”

He’s got me on speakerphone, and I’ve just mentioned the name of the group he’ll be appearing alongside at his debut Japan show this weekend — Ogre You Asshole. “Oh, man!” he says, regaining his composure. “I know who you’re talking about, but I’d not heard the actual name being said.”

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