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SZNZ: Spring
SZNZ: Spring cover
EP by Weezer
Released March 20, 2022
Recorded 2021-2022
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Jake Sinclair, Ethan Gruska, Suzy Shinn
Weezer chronology
Van Weezer
(2021)
SZNZ: Spring
(2022)
SZNZ: Summer
(2022)
Singles from SZNZ: Spring
  1. "A Little Bit of Love"
    Released: March 16, 2022
SZNZ: Summer
SZNZ: Summer cover
EP by Weezer
Released June 21, 2022
Recorded 2022
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Daniel Omelio, Suzy Shinn
Weezer chronology
SZNZ: Spring
(2022)
SZNZ: Summer
(2022)
SZNZ: Autumn
(2022)
SZNZ: Autumn
EP by Weezer
Released September 22, 2022
Recorded 2022
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Producer(s) Tyler Cole, Suzy Shinn
Weezer chronology
SZNZ: Summer
(2022)
SZNZ: Autumn
(2022)
SZNZ: Winter
(2022)
SZNZ: Winter
EP by Weezer
Released December 21, 2022
Recorded 2022
Label Crush Music/Atlantic Records
Weezer chronology
SZNZ: Autumn
(2022)
SZNZ: Winter
(2022)
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SZNZ (formerly SZNS, pronounced "Seasons") is an upcoming musical project by Weezer planned for release throughout 2022. The project is a collection of four studio EPs to be released on the first day of each seasonal solstice, with each having its own motif and production style based on the corresponding season.

Overview

Origins

Rivers Cuomo first mentioned that the band's sixteenth album was in the concept phase on October 31, 2020, alluding to Jake Sinclair's involvement. Said Cuomo on the wall on riverscuomo.com, "Turned in the first draft of the NEXT NEXT NEXT album to Jake".[1]

The project, throughout much of 2021, was conceived as a collection of four albums slated to release on the first day of each respective season in 2022.[2] The first album, to be released at the beginning of spring, has been described as a "very breezy, carefree acoustic-type album," tentatively titled Happy Chill, and would be more inline with the style of "Island in the Sun".[3] Cuomo has described the winter album concept as conjuring the sound of ’90s singer-songwriters like Elliott Smith with "lots of loss and despair and kind of quiet." He has described the autumn album as reflecting "dance-rock" artists like Franz Ferdinand[4] or the Strokes.[5]

On March 25, 2021, Cuomo uploaded a photo to Instagram of the letters "SZNS" with the caption "2022".[6][7]

Production

On April 29, Cuomo told members of Riverchat that the song "Pacific Sunset" had been cut from consideration, though he was still interested in repurposing the bridge. He claimed the song was "not good enough for SZNS" and after a member commented that they appreciated the band's commitment to high standards following OK Human, he replied "We've left [OK Human] in the dust".[8]

On July 9, Cuomo told members of Riverchat that SZNS may not release as he had originally envisioned following a "interesting conversation" with Crush Records founder Jonathan Daniel, later clarifying that he was referring to the format of releasing four albums at the beginning of each season throughout the year, specifically stating he wanted to "avoid the fate" of Green Day's album trilogy ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! and Kanye West's seven-song albums. [9] The next day, Cuomo confirmed that the release format had indeed changed saying it would be "equal to or greater" than the original format. After expressing excitement for the project and it's cover art, he teased that SZNS could come out "all at once" on January 1, 2022. [10] Despite this, Cuomo has since continued to promote the four-album concept, mentioning it to Good Morning America a few weeks later.[11][12]

Cuomo confirmed in September of 2021 that Ethan Gruska would be the co-producer for Spring.[13] Cuomo has mentioned the first single, "Records" (from the Summer album), as being slated for release alongside the Spring album.[14]

According to Cuomo, each album would consist of eight songs each (for contractual reasons)[15] but may be limited to five songs upon initial release with the remaining songs appearing in a possible vinyl box set at the end of the year.[16] Though he would later respond to a fan on Twitter, stating that it had been decided that the number of tracks per album would be seven.[17]

On February 7, Cuomo posted on Twitter to reiterate the planned release dates for each album but added that they had yet to be "confirmed with any record company or manager". [18]

On February 17, Cuomo submitted a possible press release for SZNS explaining the concept and backstory to the albums. [19] He posted the release to his Discord server later that day:

The two angels descend from heaven down to Earth because they're tired of being so prim and proper up in heaven. They find themselves in a magical forest pre-Christian Ireland, in the midst of a circle of Elves, Fairies, and other magical creatures. There they learn of the power of love and self-acceptance, They learn of music, drum circles, flutes, and distorted guitars. They learn to dance.

But all seasons turn and eventually Adam and Eve grow Restless. As summer nears, they leave the forest for their next adventure in the far-off land of Rome, a place of much unrest, where the youth will soon rise up in protest. Yes, there are three seasons more, Each of which will offer its own palette of colors, creators and emotions to explore.

Join Weezer in this work in progress as they explore the Four Seasons in a set of four mini albums.

He also stated that they were planning to shoot promo images soon, commenting that he'd have to wear various wigs as all four albums would be having their shoots on the same day. [20]

On February 24, Cuomo implied that the Summer album would be produced by Daniel "Robopop" Omelio.[21][22] Omelio previously co-wrote the Weezer song "Hero" from the album Van Weezer. Cuomo has explained that the album may or may not resemble the initial concept.[23]

On February 24, he shared a 10 second snippet of the song A Little Bit of Love through Discord. On February 27 he shared the same snippet through Tik Tok featuring a video of him dressed as an Elf, as well as a slideshow with pictures of him and his wife. [24]

On March 1, Cuomo requested via Discord that all instances of the word "Fall" on the SZNS Riverpedia article be replaced with "Autumn." [25] On March 7, Cuomo indicated that the project had been renamed SZNZ.[26]

On April 2 Cuomo stated that they are doing final demo tweaks and about to record drums for Summer.

Promotion

Weezer's social media accounts first teased SZNS on February 2, 2022.[27]

On March 1, the official Weezer YouTube account reposted River's TikTok video featuring a snippet of A Little Bit of Love with the caption: "Before you know it Spring will be here 😏 #SZNS".[28]

SZNZ was officially announced via Weezer's social media pages on March 11.

Gallery

Tracklists

SZNZ: Spring

See SZNZ: Spring

SZNZ: Summer

See SZNZ: Summer

SZNZ: Autumn

Songs considered

SZNZ: Winter

Songs considered

See also

References

  1. Cuomo, Rivers. Mr. Rivers' Neighborhood. Archived 1 November 2020. https://web.archive.org/web/20201101214010/https://www.riverscuomo.com/wall
  2. "Rivers Cuomo On Weezer's Latest, 'OK Human,' And The Need To Riff (Or Not)" NPR 29 January 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/01/29/962124558/rivers-cuomo-on-weezers-latest-ok-human-and-the-need-to-riff-or-not
  3. Wood, Mikael. "It’s not ‘Pinkerton.’ But Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo gets pretty emo on ‘OK Human’ " Los Angeles Times. 26 January 2021. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-01-26/weezer-rivers-cuomo-ok-human
  4. Bienstock, Richard. "Weezer have four – yes, four – new albums in the works" Guitar World. 3 February 2021. https://www.guitarworld.com/news/weezer-have-four-yes-four-new-albums-in-the-works
  5. Tenreyro, Tatiana "We didn't ask for a "Strokes-style" Weezer record, but we're getting one anyway" The A.V. Club. 16 July 2021. https://www.avclub.com/we-didnt-ask-for-a-strokes-style-weezer-record-but-w-1847307785
  6. Cuomo, Rivers. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/CM2ki-9JVLb/
  7. https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:SZNSInstagram.jpg
  8. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood 29 April 2021 https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:SZNS_ps.jpg
  9. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood 9 July 2021 https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:SZNSRiverchat_7_9_21.jpg
  10. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood 10 July 2021 https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:SZNS7_10_21.jpg
  11. Good Morning America, "Weezer performs ‘Hero’ | GMA" YouTube. 18 July 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfhe-DoUmqs&t=116s
  12. Childers, Chad. "Weezer Planning Four ‘Seasons’ Albums for 2022" Loudwire. 22 July 2021. https://loudwire.com/weezer-four-seasons-albums-2022/
  13. Riverpedia archive - 09/22/2021
  14. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 12 October 2021. Screenshot: File:Mrn-discord-10-12-2021.png
  15. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 5 November 2021. Screenshot: File:Mrn-discord-11-05-2021.png
  16. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 1 February 2022. Screenshot: File:Mrn-discord-02-01-2022.png
  17. @riverscuomo "7." Twitter. 11 February 2022. https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/1492273303678898178 Screenshot: File:Szns-feb1122-7songs.png
  18. @riverscuomo "Here are the SZNS release dates*:

    Spring: Sunday, March 20
    Summer: Monday, June 20
    Fall: Thursday, September 22
    Winter: Wednesday, December 21

    *Those should be the first days of the seasons so please correct me if wrong.
    *Also, not confirmed with any record company or manager." Twitter. 7 February 2022. https://twitter.com/RiversCuomo/status/1490837486926385152 Screenshot: File:Riverstwt feb722.png
  19. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 17 February 2022. Screenshot: File:Szns-feb1722-concept.jpg
  20. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 17 February 2022. Screenshot: File:Szns-feb1722-promoshoot.jpg
  21. Cuomo, Rivers "weezer: SNZS" Google Docs. Archived by Wayback Machine, 25 February 2022: https://web.archive.org/web/20220225174348/https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BGWLEmZohpOPaLBPe132FMrHvSgyw8PHt8k93AmZ0kQ/edit from the original: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1BGWLEmZohpOPaLBPe132FMrHvSgyw8PHt8k93AmZ0kQ/edit
  22. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 24 February 2022. Screenshot: File:Szns-feb2422-robopop.png
  23. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 24 February 2022. Screenshot: File:Szns-feb2422-summer.png
  24. Rivers Cuomo. TikTok. 27 February 2022. Link: [[1]]
  25. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 1 March 2022. Screenshot: File:Szns-mar122-autumn.png
  26. Rivers Cuomo. Discord. 7 March 2022. File:Discord-rivers-sznztitle030722.png
  27. @weezer "6 more weeks of winter #szns" Twitter. 2 February 2022. https://twitter.com/Weezer/status/1489013633547911174?s=20&t=4zq82eyS1Najp7qzfBLJkA Screenshot: File:Twitter-szns-02-02-2022.png
  28. Weezer. YouTube. 1 March 2022 https://youtu.be/KRwDb0TDR1M
  29. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. 7 April 2021. https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:Riverchat_francesca.png. Screenshot by KingTom.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named currentriverpedia
  31. Cuomo, Rivers. (October 31, 2021). Riverpedia. Archive of the original entry, Riverpedia archive - 10/31/2021
  32. "SZNS" Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. 14 May 2021. Retrieved from Internet Archive website 14 May, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210514230620/https://riverscuomo.com/wiki/SZNS
  33. Cuomo, Rivers. Rivers' Database. 9 March 2021. https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:Rivers_SZNS_Database_1.jpg. Screenshot by KingTom.
  34. Cuomo, Rivers. Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. 15 April 2021. https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:Riverchat-iwantadog.jpg
  35. "Cuomo Quotes" Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. 9 April 2021. Retrieved from Internet Archive website 9 April, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210409215738/https://www.riverscuomo.com/wiki/Cuomo%20Quotes
  36. "SZNS" Mister Rivers' Neighborhood. 14 May 2021. Retrieved from Internet Archive website 14 May, 2021. https://web.archive.org/web/20210514230620/https://riverscuomo.com/wiki/SZNS
  37. File:Discord-sheratoncommander.png