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The best kept secret in music


February 2003

Meanwhile, closer to home, the spirit of the late, great Replacements lives on in theDiligents! These Orlando-by-way-of-New Jersey guys have just released their fourth full-length disc, this one full of original songs that would make Paul Westerberg simply pea-green with envy. We won't speculate that if Westerberg had just kept drinking, he might never have had to worry about such a thing ‹besides, that might imply that theDiligents are a buncha drunks. Which evidently isn't the case, as their live shows at Frank's Front Row and Beaches prove ‹yours truly has never seen them in any position on stage other than upright. Anyway, Playground Affair is a right tight, snappy little disc, chock full of revved-up-pop-storytelling tunes ("Melissa Mile-High" and "Lake Crystal Drive"), straightforward rockers ("The Blame"), and a splendid cover of the Beatles' "Help." Worthy of more airplay than it's getting now is "Spin The Bottle," with lyrical references that will bring a tear to the eyes of anyone who grew up in the 60s and 70s. Who would¹ve thought that a reference to Mr. McFeely could sound so smooth in a rock-n-roll song! Don't miss this one!

- Melanie Campbell

August 2001

"theDiligents call themselves 'an eclectic mix of modern pop/rock' and who are we to argue? With the sheer power of Live and the lyricism of later Nirvana combined with a slight Judybats twang, theDiligents mix their original music sets with restyled covers of everything from Stones tunes to local faves like Third Eye Blind. In an area that, frankly, is inundated with wanna-be bands, theDiligents are making themselves known -- they play, and they play constantly, everywhere from New Smyrna Beach on the East coast to downtown O-town to a gig in the Bahamas. Bottom line is, they're a working band, and however dynamic their recordings are, it's the live show that captures fresh fans from every crowd."
- Joseph Hayes


Playground Affair
-Soleil spent 16 weeks on Clear Channels charts, not bad for an independent.
-Spin theBottle will be a huge follow up single.

Snapshots from the Boardwalk
Out of the Cold


Feeling a bit camera shy


theDiligents have been known to generate an infectious buzz, through the energy of their live shows, while expanding the ranks of their loyal following wherever they perform.
theDiligents' sound is an astounding blend of poetic lyrics, delivered with an acute sense of melody and harmony. Stylistically, they have been compared to the polished sounds of the Goo Goo Dolls, Tonic, Live and Third Eye Blind.
Being able to perform is something we hold very sacred; it's a privilege that has grown to be a responsibility. The place where I am most alive, is on stage, that's where the magic happens."
An evening with theDiligents is awe-inspiring and always includes intensity, conviction and spontaneity, all wrapped up in a passion-filled performance.
theDiligents have logged over a decade of experience performing their brand of pop hits to crowds at local, regional and international venues. Their perseverance has allowed them to further their careers as songwriters and performing artists, on a full time basis, while remaining independent of any record label or corporation. "All we've ever wanted to do is relate to people through making music, it's the only language that everyone can understand."