When we introduced you to Callum and Jackson McPartlane in 2017, we just knew they were going places. We declared that, even as 13-year-olds, these young-faced Mornington Peninsula identical twins were someone you should keep an eye on. Now their band Bo’Ness, which is named after their grandmother’s home town in Scotland, is tackling the big issues on the debut single We Don’t Need This Town.
At No.10 on the iTunes Country chart, the Top 100 on All Genres and No.6 on the AMRAP Regional chart, We Don’t Need This Town oozes raw emotion. It was written from the boys’ experiences escaping domestic violence with their mum and brother, and with taboos easing around discussing domestic violence, they’ve taken the opportunity to share strong messages about their own experiences. It’s also provided a chance for the brothers to make music that their listeners can connect with. It was only at a songwriting retreat last year with Golden Guitar winner Lachlan Bryan that they were able to draw on their first-hand experiences in a creative manner.
“We went into the songwriting retreat with an idea that we’d had for a while but didn’t know how to express it any other way,” said Callum. “Writing a song about it is what made sense to us because everyone is musical in our family. We wanted to write about our experiences we’d had with domestic violence but tried to strip it back a little and not make it as obvious. So we’ve set the scene in the song, with the trees, and a carpet stain which refers to a house that only we would know about.”
With mum and manager Sally working in the music industry, stepdad Pat a sound engineer and country singer Adam Brand as their godfather, Callum and Jackson have been raised in the ultimate music-loving family. They have opened for artists of the calibre of John Farnham, Reece Mastin and Amber Lawrence, and their mighty talents saw them cement their place in the country music family by graduating from The CMAA Academy of Country Music in 2019 as two of only 20 students to be chosen to attend the junior course.
“The ultimate goal would be to be a finalist for a Golden Guitar,” said Jackson. “We love lots of genres, but the country one is the most familiar and that’s where we felt most at home.”
The twins focus on making music and entertaining, but they also thrive on strong ethics and messages of anti-bullying, action against domestic violence and simply being kind. In fact, after experiencing bullying first-hand, they are proud to be ambassadors for Kind is Cool, an anti-bullying movement that celebrates Be Kind Day yearly. Callum and Jackson are also affiliated with 1800Respect, a sexual assault and domestic and family violence counselling service.
We encourage you to have a listen to We Don’t Need This Town and the soon-to-be-released Fight Me via all digital retailers, and stop by @BoNessmusic on Instagram.