Q&A: The Sensitive Men of Sensitive Men Singing
Everyone fondly remembers their favorite early 2000s boy band: Sensitive Men Singing. Lucky for you, you have the chance to see them reunite in Sensitive Men Singing: An Improvised Reunion Show at Magnet Friday April 27th at 11:15pm. We sat down with the members of this iconic group to learn more about the show.
Who are the Sensitive Men of Sensitive Men Singing?
We are lovers
We are fighters
We are 5 men having a mid-life crisis, struggling to recapture our youthful vigor.
More specifically, we are Chris S., Chris B., Brian R., Brian H., and James B.
How did this ensemble come together?
The simple answer is we came together to see if we could harmonize and dance at the same time, and it turns out we can and we want you to see that and maybe laugh with us, or fall in love -or both.
The longer answer is that the premise for the show came from a shared love we all have of the 90's, R&B music, and the gender constructs that are challenged within that genre and era. We really wanted to play with the tropes and characters we typically see in boy bands, comment on celebrity fanaticism, and then also just get a chance to do that lip-biting/lip-licking thing that LL Cool J does sometimes.
There's just a lot of fun to be had when you embrace that balance of strong masculinity with the tender vulnerability that you find with this style of music. Add to that, the sometimes very silly lyrics that are sung with a very serious level of vocal mastery -you can't help but fall for that combination. Just listen to the song "Too Close" by Next. That's a song about getting a literal boner while dancing with your girl, and it easily topped billboard charts. They were playing that song on the radio -with kids in the car! I guarantee if you play that song anywhere right now, people are going to feel great -and we want to pay homage to that. We want you to have a great time at an improv theater for 7 bucks. (Is that what you guys are charging?)
Sensitive Men Singing has been on hiatus for fifteen years... what have they been up to for all that time?
The men of SMS have had a long and complicated history of being mad at each other, but also secretly missing each other, over the course of the hiatus. They've all had full and varied lives; some have had families; some have had unsuccessful attempts at launching energy drink brands. They've all had full and varied lives, and now they all need this paycheck.
Who had the best solo career?
Our manager has advised us against answering this question.
What special guests can we expect at the SMS reunion show?
We have the amazing Dan Reitz and Miles Lindahl accompanying us and setting the mood for roMANce and FUNk.
We'll also have an amazing opening act performance from the legendary SPICE RACK GIRLS:
(SMS would like to respectfully ask audience members NOT to ask for autographs. All requests WILL be denied.)
Sensitive Men Singing reclaims the stage with their special guests Friday, April 27th at 11:15pm!