Consumption formed in late 2002 when Gina Turner wanted to give her acoustic show a kick in the ass. She soon recruited drummer Alex Rogers and took to the stage almost immediately. Thus began a year of steady (if not sometimes grueling) live shows extending to both reaches of the MS Gulf Coast. This persisted for 2 years and established Consumption as one of the most successful bands in the area. The path provided change: a revolving door of bassists, a flaky 2nd guitarist (who eventually got canned,) a waning scene on the coast, the advent of the cover bands in clubs all over town. Along came a new baby, a fiancé, the loss of longtime pets, changes of residence, and many other things that would draw the band's attentions from the music. In late 2005, the most destructive hurricane in recorded history ripped through Consumption's home, forever changing Turner and Rogers and the landscape of their lives. The disaster marked a redirection for the band ~ a new order of priorities ~ a renewed desire to succeed. Rewind slightly. The band had finished up an EP entitled Out of the Ashes with producer Chris Mara. It dropped on college radio a couple of weeks before Hurricane Katrina dropped her weight on the Gulf Coast. Out of the Ashes did almost 200 stations by the end of an 8 week campaign, was in the top five adds at a few stations and charted into the top 20 in some states, and was subsequently licensed one of MTV's reality shows. Consumption's recent work has garnered great reviews. Gina Turner and Alex Rogers have found their names in publications across the US and into Canada. Rogers has secured deals with Yamaha Drums, Silver Fox Drumsticks, and May Microphones. Turner is an endorsing artist for Peavey. The duo showcased in Austin, TX in March 2006 right in the middle of SXSW Music and Film Festival and most recently had the honor of playing at New Orleans' 14th annual Cutting Edge Music Festival and Roots Music Gathering. What's next? Consumption is Nashville bound in fall 2006 to start work on a new album with producer Chris Mara. The album will be released in spring 2007. Other items of interest: Consumption has been featured in Southeast Performer Magazine, Rag Magazine, and 3 times The Sun Herald's Marquee. They've also been the featured guest on WCPR fm's The Homegrown Show on several occasions. Gina Turner has been featured in The Coast Nightlife Observer, The Marquee, Music for the Love of it, and was photographed for Art Gulf Coast Magazine and The Mississippi Press. She's also been the featured artist on Q92.5's Artist Spotlight. Consumption's newest release 'These Things' was recorded at Darkhorse Studio in Nashville. Again with Chris Mara engineering. The new album is more streamlined in terms of sound, while the band has also dug deeper into the music. The new record is available online here exclusively. Expect a national release in late summer/ early fall.
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