Roanoke’s Polychrome: In Their Words with Sean Bera
Wow, what a difference a year makes. In 2009, PolyChrome was just an idea between two guys coming from different walks of life and different ends of the musical spectrum. Sean had just left a regional-touring all original band, while Perry was looking for the next musical venture to get his live show fix. We were saying yes to any opportunity that came along to showcase our new material, and whatever the people wanted to hear is what we played, which fueled our diverse and eclectic cover song selection.
Fast forward to May, 2010, after a short stint with PolyChrome’s original drummer who, although talented, just didn’t fit the mold. We met Mark, a 311-ish drummer who cut his teeth in the Marine Corp. before performing with Valley-area bands Barefoot West, Corey Hunley, and the Pop Rivets. After a couple conversations and two practices, we knew he was the right fit for PolyChrome. His second live show with PolyChrome was Roanoke’s Festival in the Park, opening for Sister Hazel in front of 3,800 people.
Since that time, the band has performed all over the Valley, from restaurants to concert venues, performed live on radio stations WTNJ and 103CIR, and TV station WSLS on the program “Our Blue Ridge”. Roanoke’s City Magazine voted PolyChrome “Best Local Band” for 2010. The Roanoke Times Music Poll included PolyChrome and its members as on of the area’s “Best” in almost every category, including Band, Solo or Duo, Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, and Drums. PolyChrome’s debut CD “All County Champs” also made the list, at #2.
PolyChrome will be performing Saturday, January 29th, at The Jefferson Center, with Frantic Recovery and Music Lab student band Suite 325.