| 2004 (2004)–present|
| Avraham Fried|
| Eig8th Day, The Marcus Brothers|
Los Alamitos, California, United States (2004)
Chasing Prophecy, All You Got, 8th Day Live
Shmuel Marcus, Bentzion Marcus, Leo Chelyapov, Philip Bynoe, Jason "Rosy" Rosenquist
Jewish rock, Pop rock, Folk rock
Aderet Music, 8th Day, 14th Terrace Records
Benny Friedman, Avraham Fried, Mordechai Ben David, The Maccabeats, Yossi Green
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 2015, the group has released six 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.
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".
Brothers Shmuel and Bentzion Marcus, both nephews of singer Avraham Fried and cousins of singer Benny 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. Their debut studio album, Tracht Gut (Yiddish for "think positive") was released on April 1, 2005 and featured Chaim, Zalman, 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.
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 3 million views on YouTube, and gained the group notoriety.
They re-teamed with Haller in 2012 for their fourth album, All You Got.
8th Day's sound, though primarily inspired by traditional Jewish music, also contains influences from secular styles such as power pop, blues, and reggae. 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."Shmuel Marcus — lead vocals, lyrics
Bentzion Marcus — guitar, backing vocals
Jason "Rosy" Rosenquist — drums
Philip Bynoe — bass
Leo Chelyapov — keys, horns
Tracht Gut (April 1, 2005; 14th Terrace)
Brooklyn (August 8, 2007; 14th Terrace)
Chasing Prophecy (February 3, 2011; 14th Terrace)
All You Got (June 7, 2012; Aderet)
Hooleh! (January 2, 2014; Aderet)
Inner Flame (June 10, 2015; Aderet)
8th Day Live (July 3, 2008; 14th Terrace)
Singles and music videos
"Ya'alili" (March 23, 2011; Chasing Prophecy)
"Shabbos Now" (April 5, 2011; Chasing Prophecy)
"Cheery Bim" (ft. Kids of Courage) (November 19, 2012; All You Got)
"All You Got" (December 19, 2012; All You Got)
"Hooleh!" (March 9, 2014; Hooleh!)
"Gam Zu" (January 1, 2015; Shmorg Tunes - a compilation of songs by Oorah)
"Celebrate" (May 6, 2015; Inner Flame)
"Why Wait" ("Celebrate" Hebrew Version) (2016; non-album single)
"Hakhel" (2016; non-album single - collaboration with Chabad.org)
Hooleh!Hooleh! · 20148th Day (Jewish band) Wikipedia
Ya'aliliChasing Prophecy · 2011
Inner FlameInner Flame · 2015