Muse don't plan to release a 2nd Law follow-up for 'a couple of years.'

"We tend to feel like we need to finish touring one album before we start anything else rather than starting an album on the road," says drummer Dominic Howard.

Muse's Grammy Award-nominated The 2nd Law is still a fresh concern after its September release. But drummer Dominic Howard says that hasn't kept the British trio from starting to talk, at least a little bit, about what it's going to do next.

"Me and Matt (Bellamy) have just been tentatively talking about what we're doing to do, how we're we're gonna do it, what we need to think about when we are going to do it - not really discussing musical ideas so much as just how we're going to approach it and when we're doing to do it," Howard tells Billboard. "We've been kind of having those conversations, but really we've just literally started touring. We're going to be on the road for another year or 14 months or whatever it is, so we've still got loads of touring to do. We tend to feel like we need to finish touring one album before we start anything else rather than starting an album on the road. We like to finish a chapter and start afresh, so it'll be a couple of years, probably. But we're definitely thinking about it."

Muse has just launched the North American leg of its 2nd Law Tour, showing off a characteristically visual show that's dominated by a huge pyramid of LED screens, lasers, customized video footage and other effects. "I think we always have to feel like we're doing something slightly better to what we did last time," Howard acknowledges. "As far as just trying to make the show bigger and better and have more effects and be crazier than what we did last time, that's almost getting to the point where that's getting hard. I think in many ways the band is getting better all the time at playing and performing. I think as far as how we are on stage and how we are to the audience, it's getting better all the time. Somehow it's still moving forward. That's the main thing - it`s still moving in the right direction."

[Billboard]