But before we get into SZNS here is a brief history lesson.
For the last century, female pop groups have given us some of the most iconic moments of music history. Every decade saw a progression of female advancement that mirrored some of the countries biggest historical moments. The Andrew Sisters ruled the ’40s and may have been one of the first all-female music groups to see mainstream success. The Chordettes from the ’50s gave us classics like “Mr. Sandman” and “Lollipop.” The ’60s gave us Mowtown, and no one can argue that the first all-Black groups such as The Shirelles, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, and The Ronettes (just to name a few) inspired generations of fans and musicians alike. Their influence often goes uncredited but acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and Amy Winehouse leveraged the genius of these girl groups and mimicked it within their own work. Labelle basically spawned disco with “Lady Marmalade” while The Pleasure Seekers and The Runaways were carving out their place in rock n roll history during the ’70s. With the foundation built there was nowhere to go but up for girl groups. The Spice Girls were born out of the UK’s Riot Girl movement and the rest was history. TLC and Destiny’s Child gave way to modern R&B and Pop influences and since then girl groups have had a lot to live up to.
The brief walkthrough of female pop groups was necessary because the year is 2021 and we have the pleasure of introducing SZNS. A stunning and diverse quartet made up of members each bearing the monikers; Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Their music is full of fresh, high-energy beats and with the pandemic end in sight, they are perfectly positioned to ride the wave of success. Pretty soon people free from the restrictions of social distancing will be flooding to clubs and venues around the world. Their tracks like “Tequila w Lime” “Faster” and their most recent drop “Behave” are fit to be the perfect soundtracks to an endless stream of partying and celebration. “Behave” is a mature and honest track that according to the group:
“[Behave] is for every girl who’s been told to act like a lady - to sit up straight, be polite, and let the grown-ups talk. Behave is about being your unapologetic self despite what anyone else might say.”
We took some time to chat with the lovely ladies to see where their heads have been during the last year, what they are most excited about when the pandemic finally comes to an end, plus so much more.
Hello SZNS. We here at BOP are obsessed and would love to get to know you all a little better. What is a typical day for the ladies of SZNS like?
Winter: We all have our little morning routines we stick to and then we come together and get to work! Whether that be singing all day, making social media content, writing in the studio, etc. Our days are always a little different but we like to play by ear. If we are feeling super musically creative on a day we were planning on making TikTok videos, we might just put down the phone and pick up a pen.
Summer: Who knows! I can’t even predict what tonight will bring. Every day is a rollercoaster and I love it. I thrive in the chaos.
At what point did you all know that the pop star lifestyle was for you?
Winter: I’ve always wanted to sing or act and anytime someone gave me the opportunity, I was performing.
Summer: I grew up in a super musical household with everyone in my family being trumpet players, so music has been a part of my life since as early as I can remember!
Spring: I knew by 3 years old that I was born to be a pop star, you literally couldn’t get me to stop singing or dancing even if you tried.
Who was the most important musical icon in your life growing up?
Winter: I’d have to say growing up, watching Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus made a huge impact on my life. I just remember seeing Miley performing, thinking, I want to do that, I want to make people feel something magical.
Autumn: Josh Groban. My first CD was Awake, (2006) and I remember singing my little heart out in my mom’s Honda every day. Sometimes in the studio, I’ll sound a little too formal for our songs and I have to put my internal Josh away for a bit but he’s such an inspiration to me.
Summer: The most important pop icon to me was Ariana Grande. I’d sit and listen to My Everything on repeat truly feeling like every word was something I related to as a young girl.
Spring: One of my biggest influences musically would have to be Amy Winehouse or Adele. By eight years old I was obsessed with their sounds and how rich and thick their voices were.
What song is at the top of your playlist at the moment?
Winter: My favorite song right now… changes weekly, but at the top sits, "Wasted on You" by Morgan Wallen.
Autumn: Sharp left from Josh Groban, my favorite song right now is “Weekend” by Louis the Child and IconaPop.
Summer: Right now I’m obsessed with the song "Good Days" by SZA because it just feels like a nice warm hug.
Spring: "Prom" by SZA has been my song lately. I just love her lyrics and style of writing. Also, her melodies are insane.
What inspired the formation of SZNS?
All: The world hasn’t had a girl group in a minute and needs one! Four powerful girls, from different backgrounds, coming together to talk about love, heartbreak, empowerment, friendship, and every topic all over the board just seemed important to us. We wanted to share with everyone that differences are something to celebrate.
Are you all cooking up some new music in the studio? Any details you can share?
Autumn: Yeah, we’re Gordon Ramsey up in here. That was not as funny as it was in my head. But yes, we are working on so much music. This upcoming year we are going to be showing a lot more range, getting a little more vulnerable. What’s so special about SZNS is since we are so different, we have a lot more versatility to explore in terms of our sound and vibe.
Summer: Our next single is one of my favorites because it is truly the reason I got through my first break up. Grab some tissues for this one. And then crank “Behave” back up and remember the bad bitch you are.
What unique musical perspectives do you all bring to the table?
Autumn: I’ve got more of a musical theater background so I bring a lot of the storytelling that’s really nicely balanced out by Winter's indie rock feels. Summer and Spring are always bringing the most real, ultra-genuine lines that keep our songs so conversational.