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David Duchovny at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire London [Gig Review]

David Duchovny is, of course, most fondly known as Spooky Mulder to the masses. The actor’s time on television phenomena The X-Files garnered him a legion of devoted fans and in the recent years have seen the American-born star make a career shift into the music world.

He’s not the first actor to dabble in this arena; singing and acting seemingly go hand-in-hand. For many years those that tried their hand at melodies were laughed off the stage, but thanks to breakthrough acts such as Jared Leto (in his band 30 Seconds to Mars), reception has changed, and Duchovny recently released his second album, Every Third Thought.

The album has been followed by a tour, and we were lucky enough to catch him on the last night of his European tour at O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. The venue was packed to bursting, having sold-out like all previous dates on the tour. Their was a strange mixture of excitement and curiosity as the audience waited for the band to take the stage. Some were die-hard fans of David’s music, desperate to hear their favourite songs live, others were X-Files fanatics looking to catch Mulder in the flesh, with many more along to see if this actor could sing. And that he can.

Duchovny took the stage and graciously accepted the rapturous applause that his appearance had induced, before kicking straight into the music. It’s not until the end of the first song that he addresses the audience, remarking that he’s saved the best audience to last for the closing night of tour. By song three, everyone is out of their seats as Duchovny bops and sways along. Between songs, he mentions amongst other things Brexit, Trump, his admiration for Bob Dylan, his late father, and leads a round of Happy Birthday for his keyboardist. It’s an intimate venue and Duchovny discussing such issues as his father’s passing, seemingly tearing-up at times, just makes it more so.

The music itself is folksy with the occasional bit of funk (during what Duchovny refers to as the political section of the show). It’s easy listening, perfect for curling up in an armchair on a rainy Sunday afternoon with a beverage or two. He’s a charismatic front-man and clearly having the time of his life, living out his rock and roll fantasies to a very engaged audience. There’s the occasional bit of dad dancing that gets a little cringe, but most people don’t seem to notice or care. By the time Hell or Highwater (the title track from his previous album) plays, everyone is up and dancing (rather than snapping photos), using their mobile devices as everyone once used lighters.

A rousing end, to what has been a successful tour, Duchovny has managed to distance himself from his Spooky Mulder persona. The crowd are elated and it’s pretty obvious he’s establishing a strong musical career ahead of him.

David Duchovny playing at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire was the final night of Every Third Thought Tour in Europe.

Find out more in the future here: www.davidduchovnymusic.com and order the album here: https://amzn.to/2SmMMwt

Photography by Kat  Hughes. All rights reserved. Please seek permission before use. 

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