The group last released an album in 2013 with ...Like Clockwork, a record that came out six years after their previous offering, 2007's Era Vulgaris, and now bassist Michael Shuman has revealed that fans might have to wait for new music yet again, because he and his bandmates are planning to take some time off in order to focus on their side projects.

In an interview with Gigwise, Shuman says, "There will be future stuff with Queens, we're just taking a break since we had a long, long two years of touring. We'll take a break to do other stuff."

He claims the band was eager to create new music following the success of ...Like Clockwork - their first U.S. number one album - but then decided to take more time off in between albums.

Shuman adds, "We were eager because we were in a good spot, having fun and the record had done really well. But we decided to take a break because we had been going so hard for so long, and we really worked on that record for a long time.

"It's not like we're sick of each other and don't want to do it - it's just better to step back for a second and come back once the world has had a little bit of a break from you."

Shuman is already focusing on his other band, Mini Mansions, which releases its second album next week (23Mar15).