Gen-X band to play at The Bay Hotel, Bonnells Bay, on August 19 | video

VERSATILE: Covers band Gen-X will perform at The Bay Hotel, Bonnells Bay, on Saturday, August 19. Picture: Supplied
VERSATILE: Covers band Gen-X will perform at The Bay Hotel, Bonnells Bay, on Saturday, August 19. Picture: Supplied

With a man and woman sharing the lead vocal duties, Gen-X is a covers band that can offer punters more variety than most.

The versatile covers band returns to The Bay Hotel, at Bonnells Bay, on Saturday, August 19.

Vocalist Shae Tuckerman said Gen-X approached every gig as if it was their last – and played accordingly. 

“This shows our audience the passion we have to perform, and gives them an entertainment experience they take home with them,” she said.

Tuckerman said she was influenced by most musical genres.

But if there's an artist who performs a song with “challenging vocal lines and big, powerful notes”, then it’s bound to earn her undivided attention.

And Tuckerman has got the vocal chops to take it on.

She’s won multiple vocal competitions, won the lead roles in touring musical productions such as Grease, and has even performed in half-time shows and sung the national anthem at National Rugby League (NRL) games.

Her vocal range enables the band to take on a diverse range of popular songs.

Tuckerman shares the lead vocals with guitarist Kris Arendse.

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Arendse is known as the “human jukebox” for his uncanny ability to play almost any request the audience can throw at him.

“Not only does he play everything, he learns it note- and style-perfect,” Tuckerman said.

Arendse has performed professionally in a several acts around Newcastle, including Dinah Moe Hum, Aftershock, Offworld and Oracle.

More recently he performed in Expozay, 4Play and Lock’n’Load.

On bass guitar is Zoran Ilievski, while Gav Fisher plays drums.

Among the songs on the extensive Gen-X playlists are Love Shack (B-52s),  Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns and Roses), Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves), Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benetar), Shut Up And Dance (Walk the Moon) and Shake it Off (Taylor Swift).

And did someone mention classic Australian pub rock?

Gen-X also powers through a stack of Aussie staples including Run to Paradise (Choirboys), Rain (Dragon), Highway to Hell (AC/DC) and Better (Screaming Jets).

It’s a free gig, and the music starts at 9pm.