"I love to read, and I’m really influenced by books, especially by writers like Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner. I also like Steinbeck and Barry Hannah. The ones that kind of grab me the most ended up seeping into the songs, especially Raymond Carver, because he had such an amazing way of taking normal things -- maybe not normal, but people get divorced all the time, and you don’t really pay that much attention to it. And Raymond Carver takes things like that, and turns them into these events! You read those things and you realize after you finished that: 1. You just read 20 pages about the most mundane thing in the world; and 2. He turned it into the most horrifying thing, because it is! But we gloss over that."
Read the full interview: Ten Minutes with Charlie Parr