8th Day (Jewish band)

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8th Day
Also known asEig8th Day, The Marcus Brothers
Origin Los Alamitos, California, USA
Genres Jewish rock
Pop rock
Folk rock
Years active2004 (2004)–present
Labels14th Terrace, Aderet
Associated acts Avraham Fried
Website my8thday.com
MembersShmuel Marcus
Bentzion Marcus
Jason "Rosy" Rosenquist
Philip Bynoe
Leo Chelyapov

8th Day is an American Hasidic pop rock band based in Los Alamitos, California. Formed in 2004 by brothers Shmuel and Bentzion Marcus, the group gained popularity in the Jewish music scene with their album Chasing Prophecy (2011) and its lead single, "Ya'alili", whose video became a minor viral hit on YouTube. As of 2017, the group has released seven studio albums and one live album. They have performed at venues throughout the country and abroad including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, American Airlines Arena, and Universal CityWalk. [1]



The band chose its name with an eye to being "abstract" and "cool". The name evokes the holiday of Shemini Atzeret (the "8th day of assembly"), which is also Shmuel Marcus' birthday, and the idea of the number 8 evoking "transcendence". [2]


Brothers Shmuel and Bentzion Marcus, both nephews of singer Avraham Fried and cousins of singers Benny Friedman and Simche Friedman, grew up in a musically-inclined family and began collaborating in 2004, with Bentzi, a professional bassist, putting music to lyrics Shmuel had written. That same year, the pair recorded a four-song demo with their brother Chaim Marcus producing. [1] Their debut studio album, Tracht Gut (Yiddish for "think positive") was released on April 1, 2005 and featured Zalman, Chaim, Yossi, and Eli Marcus on backing vocals. Their second album, Brooklyn, was mixed by Andy Haller and released in 2007, followed by a live album in 2008. Eli Marcus later went on to become a solo artist with his debut studio album "Dovid HaMelech" released in 2015.

In 2011, the group released Chasing Prophecy. The first single for the album, "Ya'alili", became a hit on the strength of its music video, which received over 6 million views on YouTube, and gained the group many followers. [3]

They re-teamed with Haller in 2012 for their fourth album, All You Got.

Musical style

8th Day's sound, though primarily inspired by traditional Jewish music, also contains influences from secular styles such as power pop, blues, and reggae. [4] Guitarist Bentzion Marcus has described the group as a "very eclectic, klezmer-funk-rock band", noting that on Chasing Prophecy, "each song stands on its own. The style of songs range from Middle Eastern, rock, folk/country, jazz/blues. It’s got everything." [1]




Studio albums
Live albums
Singles and music videos

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