Elena Cataraga was destined to grow to be a star. If that identify sounds unfamiliar, it’s as a result of nowadays she goes by Lena Scissorhands because the frontwoman for metallic act Contaminated Rain. However a few years in the past, when she was simply 8 months outdated and accompanying her mother and father to their dance rehearsal, one act set every part in movement for the longer term singer-songwriter.
“One thing actually curious occurred once I did my first steps,” Lena remembers. “I used to be a really younger toddler, no person even anticipated me to begin strolling, and it occurred on the dance rehearsal stage. I used to be pushed by the music to go! That positively influenced me loving music, for positive.”
If the story ended there it might nonetheless be a enjoyable story of how the musical bug was implanted in Lena’s head, driving her towards the profession she enjoys at this time. However wait, there’s extra.
“One other cool a part of the story is that my band’s first present, in 2008, occurred on that exact same stage,” she says. “Unintentionally! I didn’t learn about it on the time, my mom advised me when she came upon.”
The constructing the place all of this occurred was one among many Soviet-era block buildings that dominate the structure of Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. There wasn’t a lot of a music scene whereas Lena was rising up, partly because of the realities of the nonetheless very younger nation.
“How do I put it properly? Moldova is a really small and really poor nation,” Lena says. “That signifies that there aren’t many alternatives, particularly not for one thing various and particularly not for artists. Rising up, once I began listening to various music, there have been locations you may go to see bands. There are none in the meanwhile and there have been none when Contaminated Rain was beginning.”
Each occasionally any person would take an opportunity and open a bar or pub with a stage for bands to play on, however most of the time they’d be shut down inside months. This compelled Lena and her bandmates into a tricky place. They’d both have to surrender their dream of being in a band to seek out regular work, or work their tails off to get out of their hometown and make a reputation for themselves.
In order that they hit the highway. They toured throughout Russia and Ukraine at first—they didn’t want a visa—after which as soon as Europe opened up restrictions they may broaden the radius of their excursions. Touring took a toll on their lives at house as associates moved on to begin households and alter priorities. However for Contaminated Rain, the laborious work paid off.
In January the band launched their fifth studio album, “Ecdysis.” The identify comes from the scientific time period used to explain the method of a reptile shedding its pores and skin, an particularly apt title given how the band have reinvented their sound on the album. The pandemic gave the band time to tinker with issues, together with altering instrumentation, and the result’s an album in contrast to any of their earlier 4.
“The pandemic had many negatives, don’t get me mistaken, however there may be this one stunning half the place out of nowhere somebody simply gave us time,” Lena says. “As a result of we had time we might discover sure issues we couldn’t earlier than. I really feel like this album could be very particular as a result of we had a lot time to dedicate to every sound. Not essentially to make it excellent sounding, however to fulfill our wants and ensure it delivers.”
The title of the album refers back to the shedding of pores and skin, and whereas including tattoos is bodily the precise reverse of ecdysis, the general impact is identical—one thing new is created. Lena’s first tattoos had been black-and-grey, together with a small angel and a little bit of tribal on her decrease again. Then when she wished to get large-scale wings on her again, in shade, she met AD Pancho by way of a mutual good friend.
“I began getting tattooed by him when he was tattooing at his house in Moldova, even earlier than he tattooed in a store,” she says. “He did my wings, he did a whole sleeve for me, he lined up my tribal with a cranium and flowers. I used to get tattooed by him large time till he moved away from my nation.”
Extra lately, Lena’s tattoo tastes have veered away from shade and again to the darker facet. She’s been working with a pair of artists in her present house of Las Vegas to attain this fade to black. Ilya Cascad blacked out Lena’s sleeve and did some geometric work for Lena, whereas Miguel Camarillo, recognized for creating sinister demons, has been inking her leg sleeves.
When a creature sheds its pores and skin it isn’t the top, it’s a continuation of life, albeit with a distinct bodily presence. It’s an evolution. When Lena and Contaminated Rain hit the highway for his or her U.S. tour in assist of “Ecdysis” they might look totally different and sound totally different than that they had previously, however at their core they may at all times be a band who discovered triumph by way of music.