Chevelle drummer Sam Loeffler tells Billboard.com the modern rock band plans on taking September and October off to work on the follow-up to its latest Epic set, "Wonder What's Next."

Chevelle drummer Sam Loeffler tells Billboard.com the modern rock band plans on taking September and October off to work on the follow-up to its latest Epic set, "Wonder What's Next." That album has sold 885,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and features the single "Send the Pain Below," which hit No. 1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks airplay chart.

Loeffler's singer/guitarist brother Pete has been working on songs acoustically and recording them to a 4-track. Chevelle will likely head into the studio early next year to record the new album. Of the material, Sam describes it as "actually pretty heavy. We're a melodic band, because we like melody, but we also listen to a lot of heavy music, and that's what we've been into."

He adds that the members of Chevelle are being careful not to let their success change them. "Everything is almost anti-climactic, because you work so hard, and when things do hit, you want them to last. We're writing the music we want to write, and not changing it for anyone. We're not letting the success influence our lifestyles, either."

The group is on the road with Ozzfest through Aug. 28 in W. Palm Beach, Fla. A handful of headlining dates have been scheduled on off days, including Aug. 20 in Gilford, N.H., and Aug. 23 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.