The album included songs written and recorded during her student years.UK born James Shaw was a student at a Boston music school and was friends with Torquil Campbell, a vocalist who would later form Stars, and Chris Seligman, the future synthesizer player of Stars.
Now dubbed Grow Up and Blow Away, the effort revealed a more musically layered and mature sound than the earlier Mainstream EP. The album (produced by Shaw) was delayed for years by their record label, Restless Records.
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.
In an interview with 91X FM radio, Shaw said that although this sounded like an amazing place to live, they were broke and "it was difficult for everyone involved". Records showed interest in the group and the band did a development deal with them.
A producer in London saw the potential of commercial success from the demos they recorded in this period and offered to bring Metric to the UK for a possible record deal.