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Shaw also moved to Montreal where Haines was still living.In 1998, they self-released an EP titled Mainstream EP, that contained 5 tracks with an overall downtempo and electronic feel.
The band consists of Emily Haines (lead vocals, synthesizers, guitar, tambourine, harmonica, piano), James Shaw (guitar, synthesizers, theremin, backing vocals), Joshua Winstead (bass, synthesizers, backing vocals) and Joules Scott-Key (drums, percussion).
Although the band is Canadian, Haines was born in India and Winstead is American.
Shaw was born in London, England and raised in Bellevue, Ontario, Canada.
He spent three years earning a classical music education at the Juilliard Music School in New York.
When we saw that word on the keyboard's LED screen it looked so electro. It was a little cold and standoffish and we're down with that. Some people think it has something to do with the fact that we're from Canada -- which uses the metric system.
That was coincidental, though at the time we were into arty electronic stuff that was coming out of European countries that also use the metric system.
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.
Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Cache Bay, Ontario, Emily Haines grew up as a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States, the latter due to her American-born parents.