The youthful optimism of Pikadori is tempered in Allies by the wisdom that comes with being in one’s 30s (which Grimes, Vesely and drummer Greg Cislon all are). The title track, Grimes explains, was inspired by the film Man on Wire, about tightrope walker Philippe Petit. Grimes draws a comparison with day-to-day existence and its constant movement from life event to life event.

“Every once in a while, you stop and look down, and get a little freaked out,” he says.

Releases on Lock and Key Co: Allies – Wire Walk