SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) – Jordan Knight says being in a duo with fellow boy band veteran Nick Carter is less stressful than being part of New Kids on the Block.

“When you’re in a really big group like New Kids or Backstreet Boys, you kind of feel the pressure of having to do stuff, music, whatever it is and have it geared towards a mass, mass audience, and it puts a lot of pressure on the group and the creative process,” Knight said in a recent interview. “And I think with us, we have a little more freedom, you know, to just explore and do something different than what would be expected.”

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Knight and Carter released the album “Nick & Knight” last week. They are currently on a tour that will make its way to the Regency in San Francisco on November 18. The pair will wrap up their concert tour after three more stops thereafter.

The idea of a duo came up when the Backstreet Boys and New Kids toured together in 2011.

“We were talking about music all the time and joking around and just had a really cool relationship and then the whole `Nick & Knight’ thing came up,” Carter said. “We decided, `Hey, let’s explore it,’ and then it just kept evolving and evolving and eventually it turned into an entire album.”

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Carter describes the music as “sexy, funk, rhythmic-type music and that’s who Nick and I are.”

How do their bandmates feel?

“They were supportive. They were happy,” Carter said. “We allow ourselves to go out and venture off and have a little bit of individuality, and I think that’s really important to be in the group.”

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