Vocal Chameleon: Boy George sounds unrecognizable in the new Culture Club single

Credit: Dean Stockings

Iconic ’80s pop group Culture Club are back today with a new single, and musically, it sounds about what you’d expect from a group three decades into a career. But what jumps out the most on “More Than Silence,” which officially surfaced today via YouTube, is Boy George’s voice, which is pretty unrecognizable from his “Karma Chameleon” days.

“More Than Silence” is the lead cut off Culture Club’s upcoming comeback record Tribes, their first since 1999′s Europe- and Japan-only release, Don’t Mind If I Do. It’s also Culture Club’s most notable record since 1986′s From Luxury to Heartache, considered the new wave group’s breakup album, and the launchpad for Boy George’s solo career. Tribes was produced by Flood and features the band’s original lineup — Boy George (lead vocals), Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Pre-order season is open.

Culture Club will perform “More Than Silence” on national television this Thursday, November 6, on ABC’s The View. The show airs on ABC at 11AM ET and 10AM CT/PT. Listen to it below, after the band’s November tour dates.

11/15 – Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – Rancho Mirage, CA
11/16 – The Masonic – San Francisco, CA
11/17 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
11/19 – Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA
11/20 – Chumash Casino – Santa Ynez, CA
11/22 – The Pearl – Las Vegas, NV
11/24 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto, ON
11/25 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY – SOLD OUT
11/26 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
11/28 – Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ
For Tickets, go to www.cultureclub.co.uk