Young Werther
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Young Werther

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"Single of the Week"

SINGLE OF THE WEEK!!! (Beat Magazine) Wednesday 20th Feb 2008

'Young Werther is a terrifically sweet local band led by Mick Young and named after the semi-autobiographical vessel of a young Johann Goethe. In honour of their sorrowful namesake, they play impassioned drifts of folk pop with heavy-hearted lyrics; beautiful in an aching sort of way. Delicate rivers of finger-picked guitar flow through the record, while Mick sings in gorgeous poetic shivers about epic love and distant shores.Through the vivid, painterly strokes of Cornish Green, the rain-spattered lament of All Their Secrets and the restrained grace of Come On Back Here, this record wraps you in its arms and slowly seeps into your skin.'

By Simone - Beat Magazine Wed 20th Feb 2008
- Beat Magazine - Melb, Australia


Young Werther
'Treasure' 2008 - mini album
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The Restless (Mick's previous band)
'Pace' single - 2005
'The Restless' LP - 2004
'Clayfire, Burn Your Day' EP- 2001
'Fear of the Water' EP - 2000
Tracks available to stream at



Young Werther makes music that wraps you in its arms and slowly seeps into your skin. Abounding tales of epic love and distant shores, Young Werther casts an Australian eye over worldly themes, geographical landscapes and brings something very unique to alternative folk music.

Born to a family of butchers and farmers Mick Young began life in a small Australian mining town in the shadow of the mystical Grampians mountains. Initial dreams of a luminous Aussie rules football career fell away when he caught sight of a pig hanging from a hook in his dad’s shop. This macabre image prompted the impressionable Mick to listen to his creative ancestry – his grandmothers being poetess and painter and his father a passionate drummer and vocalist.

On moving to Melbourne, Mick formed The Restless in 2000 and within 4 years the band released two EPs and an album, from which two singles received Richard Kingsmill’s (Triple J) ‘King Pick’. The band also gained airplay on Radio 1 in the UK, College Radio in Canada, and toured Australia extensively, before disbanding in 2006.

Slowly piecing together songs under the moniker Young Werther, Mick found the perfect outlet for his pop-tinged folk songs and delicate singer-songwriter sensibility. The end result is the stunning release ‘Treasure’, a collection of six tracks which showcase Mick’s powerful lyrics coupled with gentle acoustic guitar and lush instrumentation. The first single ‘Cornish Green’ was named Single of the Week by Melbourne’s Beat Magazine and received 5 stars from Triple J’s Caroline Tran. He was also the featured artist on Triple J Unearthed and the song ‘A Bird Made of Ice’ made the top 15 of the myspace ‘Stick Out’ competition, as voted by music industry heavyweights.

Mick was recently asked to sing the Australian classic ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’ live on stage with Clare Bowditch and in the past has shared stages with The Audreys, Kate Miller-Heidke, Katie Noonan, James Reyne, Laura Jean and The Boat People.