Santa Rosa, California, USA

Couteaux is a melodic rock/pop four piece that provides a tapestry of melody to a rather monochromatic genre. Fusing mathrock with pop sensibilities, Couteaux delivers music that is accessible, and yet still has a punch to it


COUTEAUX, (pronounced Coo-toh) is a technical and progressive Alternative/Rock band influenced by quite a few other musical genres as well, including post-hardcore, math-rock and post-rock.

Couteaux formed the summer of 2011 after the demise of the post-rock group Atheorem, and as a side-project to the bay area metal band Simoom. Vocalist Tino Molinari and drummer Linden Reed have put plenty of time and energy into their music over the last 3 years and have had plenty of great experiences with Simoom, including being hand picked (from a list of 20 Bay Area bands) by vocalist Phil Labonte to open for All That Remains and Lacuna Coil at the Grand Ballroom in San Francisco in October of 2009 as well as being the opening act at the San Francisco stop for Cruefest 2, sharing the stage with Motley Crue, Godsmack and others. Similarly, the band has also opened for National acts such as Nonpoint, Cold, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Taking Dawn, Kylesa, Will Haven and American Headcharge.

Bringing all of that experience with them to Couteaux, Tino and Linden and have teamed up with Tino’s brother Nico (Molinari) and Bassist Zack Sumner to breathe new life into their project and have managed to create some truly infectious music on their forthcoming EP, “Sail West to Reach the East.” Fans of poppy melodic post hardcore and catchy anthemic choruses will find a new favorite band in Couteaux. As the band themselves put it, “With our influences combined, we can play melodic music with a punch…and also summon captain planet.”

In the meantime, Couteaux has been playing the bay area and opening up for the likes of: Assemble The Skyline, Farewell Fighter, Heartsounds, Vices, State Faults, and many more…


Spent Shells

Written By: Tino and Nico Molinari

this body feels just like a walking corpse,
blindly groping walls, finding a way.
will my eyelids open wide to finally see?

stuck inside this emptiness
these nights are growing cold,
tell me you can reconnect my nerves.
follow closely to the coast,
the saw-tooth razor’s edge;
a ship that carries all my ghosts.
Words don’t mean a thing no more,
empty shells spent inside this pointless war,
that got the best of me.

when I tried to find that blissful state,
it only seemed to slip further away.
then struck something else within my bones.
foreign entities embark upon...

upon my weary head, untrusting of the past.
should hearts open the gates?
or trust the mind instead?
take my hands, keep them from trembling.
take my hands, lead me to open seas.
fill all the vacancies.

I’ve always thought i’d die holding this hate.
but you’ve opened my eyes to live again.


Written By: Tino Molinari

Is it too late for you?
led by desire,
no fragments of your past.

left on the ground are the broken pieces of your,
your life that you will never regain.
I hope I’m wrong.
you’re left with only vacancies under eyelids.

But I am confident,
not all is lost within.

I know you are somewhere in there,
amongst this twisted shell.
take note of the war inside you,
the cease-fire is constantly delayed.

still got the photographs carried with me,
my breath escapes from my chest,
time ticks slowly.
you’re fleeting ever farther,
crush the distance.


Sail West to Reach the East - set for release June 30th, 2012