Their third studio album, Grow Up and Blow Away, was recorded in 2001 and it was initially planned as their debut album.
The album was delayed for many years and it was finally released on June 26, 2007, with some changes to the track list. Metric's fourth album Fantasies was released on April 7, 2009.
It was shortlisted for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for "Canadian Album of the Year", and won the "Alternative Album of the Year" at the 2010 Juno Awards. The fifth Metric studio album, Synthetica, was released on June 12, 2012.
The band won two awards at 2013 Juno Awards: "Alternative Album of the Year" for Synthetica and "Producer of the Year" for James Shaw.
But if we'd wanted to use a name that evoked Canada, we would've called ourselves the Toques or something".
In the fall of 1998, Shaw moved back to New York City, this time accompanied by Haines, Campbell, and Seligman.
Shaw also moved to Montreal where Haines was still living.
During their two-year stay at the loft, Haines and Shaw were erstwhile roommates with future members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and TV on the Radio.
The band started in 1998 as a duo formed by Haines and Shaw with the name "Mainstream".
The band's first official studio album, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? It was followed by the album Live It Out, released on October 4, 2005, which was nominated for the 2006 Polaris Music Prize for the "Canadian Album of the Year" and for the 2006 Juno Awards for "Best Alternative Album".
Paul would often make cassettes of rare and eclectic music for his daughter to listen to, and her early influences included Carla Bley and Robert Wyatt.
Haines and Millan briefly formed their first band around 1990 while at ESA.