One of the coolest new Jewish bands of the year has to be 8th Day. The band, fronted by the Marcus Brothers, perform a blend of soul, blues and folk with a bit of rock thrown in for good measure – and bring their Orthodox beliefs to their music with some distinctly heimishe lyrics.
Their first album, 8th Day, was released earlier this year, and is well worth checking out. Highlights include the album opener Lama Balue, a rousing, catchy song, while the band pay tribute to their heritage on the likes of Hasidic Rambler and the Yom Kippur themed Ku Ka Recoo. Also worth a listen are Yarmulkah – a slow-paced bluesy tribute to Jewish headgear – and the title track.
This is an impressive debut, one which proves that Orthodox Jews can indeed rock, and which puts a fresh original spin on modern Jewish music. Whether you're an Orthodox, reform or secular Jew, there's something for you on this album, and it's a must for any Jewish music collection.
And in case you're wondering where the name came from, 8th Day refers to the so-called '8th Day' of Succot – otherwise known as the festival of Shemini Atzeret (which of course we'll be celebrating next week).
Which makes it an even more appropriate CD for this time of year.
For more information, www.my8thday.com