Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello: Touring Ruins Relationships

You don’t play a lot of older stuff from albums like Pezcore or Losers, Kings, And Things We Don’t Understand. Did you grow out of those songs?
We play “Liquor Store” and “My Very Own Flag” from Pezcore, and I love playing them. But when you’re talking about 100 and whatever songs, it’s hard to do a Pezcore-heavy set. And Losers, Kings is like the hidden record. When we play songs off of that record it’s met with blank stares. We play “Soundcheck” or “Wish Pig” and it’s like we’re speaking a foreign language. … We played “Whipping Boy” [off of Losers, Kings] recently and people had no idea what the song was. They didn’t know how to act or what to do. That colors your perspective of what to play.

Other than slowing down your touring schedule, how has becoming a father changed things?
My daughter just turned two, and the only true change I’m aware of is the trail of communication that I’m leaving behind. Before, I’d do an interview or write lyrics or write online and it was unfiltered and uncensored. Now, I want to leave a cool legacy for her to look back and be stoked, not look back and see her dad being an asshole. Also, it makes me think before I speak, and when I do speak, I want to make it as important and honest as possible.