consumption

consumption

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Female-fronted alternative rock. Oh! And a newspaper reporter recently attributed Gina Turner with "the ability to channel a punk rock Joni Mitchell when on stage."

Biography

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 fianc�, 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.

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Lyrics

Don't Look Down

Written By: Gina Turner

“Don’t Look Down�

I saw you last night at the edge of the Earth
I heard you ~ I heard you loud and clear
But you hardly spoke a word
It’s cold up here ~ The whole World disappears

It’s a long, long way to the ground
Whatever you do, don’t look down

I captured you in Negative like a shadow on the Sun
I painted you back up on that ledge just to watch the colors
Running down your face ~ Out into Space

It’s a long, long way to the ground
Whatever you do, don’t look down

I’ll wait right here til you come back around.

I swore I would throw down all my Truth just to fly with you Forever ago
It’s a meaningless Consolation ~ To dream
And know I’ll never, never, never know

It’s a long, long way to the ground
Whatever you do, don’t look down

These Things

Written By: Gina Turner

“These Things�

I drank my wine just a little too quick
When the water from the well started to make me sick
I held my Mystery so long I choked
On the Atmosphere of dust and dreams and smoke

I kept my watch hard pressed for Time
I saw the Future passed out trying to unwind
I left my station – Off to meet my Glory, breathless
On the Razor’s edge of Hope and Desperation

Not Again (These things may heal – You know they will)
Not Again (These things may kill – You know they will)
Not Again (Theses things may heal – You know they will)
Not Again (These things may heal, may kill)

I fell for it – Spent my Regret
Chasing down a sun that I could not unset
And as it sank I stood divided
On the Haunted Hill where all my sins collided

Miss Taken

Written By: Gina Turner

“Miss Taken�

The Past is ever present flashing forward in the Night
Her cries ring out against Forever, panning down a human plight
And the stars in Heaven high above crash down upon her head
As she dwells upon the wreckage of a life already dead.

It whispers softly, “Time is Still and Gone and Dead.
What’s worse is Hours spinning round and round your head.�

She said, “Take my hand and lead me to Salvation.�
This fell on ears that refused to hear
“Say my name I’ll go wherever You call me
Someplace else, anywhere but Here.�

So alone, Little Girl, your world was shattered. Not so much as what hurt most
The dreams that never, ever mattered
Far less than the dreams of Those who stood there shining once before
Hear the Wolf outside howling at your door.

Teeth that rip, and grip, and grind.
Just as constant as the Force of ties that bind.

She said, “Take my hand and lead me to Salvation.�
This fell on ears that refused to hear
“Say my name I’ll go wherever You call me
Someplace else, anywhere but Here.�

Words were never spoken as Words that were never meant
As she barters with Duration for a life already spent
Dangling down below the Line that separates two planes
The wolves are nipping at your heels, Little Girl, and crying out your name.

White Castles surely crumble down
With a birth more pure than Pious Ones allow.

She said, “Take my hand and lead me to Salvation.�
This fell on ears that refused to hear
“Say my name I’ll go wherever You call me
Someplace else, Anywhere else.�

Discography

Out of the Ashes -- (EP 2005)
Of Death and Dying Dreams -- (EP 2004)

radio airplay:

In late summer 2005 Consumption's EP Out of the Ashes was serviced to college radio. At final count, nearly 200 stations nationally and in Canada had spun it.

Other airplay:

"Suicide King", "Omega" (both from Of Death and Dying Dreams)

streaming:
www.consumptionmusic.com
www.myspace.com/consumption

www.gulfcoastbands.com
www.purevolume.com/consumption
www.garageband.com/artist/consumption

Set List

A typical 45 min. - 1 hr. set (in no particular order)

"Don't Look Down"
"These Things"
"Miss Taken"
"Trepidation"
"Dream of Me"
"The Dark of Things"
The Day that Death Came Knocking"
"Last Man Out"
South of Regret"
+whichever of the many, many other original songs we feel like dusting off for the evening.

Gina covers everything from Johnny Cash to Cyndi Lauper to Stevie Nicks to X to Merle Haggard to AFI etc etc etc.

Consumption borrows from Gina's pool and sometimes covers:

"Crystal Ship" -- The Doors
"Run, Run, Run" -- Concrete Blonde
"White Rabbit" -- Jefferson Airplane
"The Outlaw Blues" -- Pat Benetar
and so on & so forth