Muse drummer Dominic Howard has begun "having conversations" with his bandmates about how to approach their next album, the follow-up to last year's Grammy-nominated 'The 2nd Law,' but as he tells Billboard, they won't begin working on the disc anytime soon.

"Really we've just literally started touring," Howard said, adding that the band will be spending the next 12 to 14 months on the road in support of 'Law.' "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 recently kicked off a North American arena tour, and Howard insists this trek is a much more intimate experience for fans than the band's past ones. "[Frontman] Matt [Bellamy] and [bassist] Chris [Wolstenholme] are definitely more interactive with the crowd," the drummer explains. "Just the way the stage is designed lends itself to those guys being down front a lot more. Matt actually does sing a couple of songs without his guitar, so he can actually get right down in the crowd and walk around. There's something that's much more personal about this particular stage and production."

Muse's stateside tour will keep them on the road through an April 26 gig in Quebec City, Quebec. Want to see if they're coming through your town? Check out their complete itinerary here.