Girls in Hawaii is a Belgian indie pop band. It initially consists of six native musicians, most of them from Braine-l'Alleud. Contrary to what the name of the group might suggest, its members are all boys. The band's drummer died May 30, 2010, Girls in Hawaii returns in 2012 with two new members after a two-year break. The band has a demo, four studio albums, a live album, five EPs, and two live DVDs.
The group is formed in 2000>. At this time, the two singers (Lionel Vancauwenberghe and Antoine Wielemans) are both animators of a Scout troop of Braine-l'Alleud for many years (Troupe Tenochtitlan). It is also in the granaries of the premises of the three units (scout, guide and patro) of the Apple that they begin their rehearsals. The band offers melodic pop rock music in the indie tradition as developed by bands such as Grandaddy and Pavement. They give their first concert in 2001 at the Ihecstival student festival of Ihecs, a communication school in Brussels where several members of the group were students. They released a first EP in February 2003 ( Found In The Ground - The Winter EP ) on the independent Belgian label 62TV (which also took groups like Venus or Flexa Lyndo) >>>>>.
Shortly after their first album, GIH gives several concerts in different festivals in Europe and records his first album. From Here To There was released in November 2003 in Belgium, France (with the Naïve label), Spain, Italy, and Germany. The group participates in major summer festivals, from Werchter to Benicàssim, and the album is distributed to Japan, and the United States (released in October 2005 to the independent label China Shop). The group begins a mini acoustic tour in the United States in April 2006. From Here To There is sold over 60,000 copies >>> .
The second album, Plan Your Escape , was released in February 2008, four years after the first one. It reaches the top of the French rankings>. More eclectic and less obvious than its predecessor, the record is recorded in several dilapidated old houses in the Ardennes with the help of Jean Lamoot (who worked with Black Desire and Alain Bashung among others). The first single extracted is This Farm Will End Up In Fire ; a European tour follows. In May 2009, a documentary telling the life of the group during this tour, "Not Here" , is released on DVD>. Two titles are removed at the last moment before pressing albums. Promotional albums have two more titles than commercialized albums, they are Grasshopper and Coral (played during the tour). The group released a Deluxe version containing these two titles.