The Killers frontman Flowers has said that Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought out his advice last year.

The singer told the London Independent newspaper that he met Romney for lunch in Las Vegas's Caesars Palace but he was reluctant to go into details.

Asked if he thought Romney wanted a way to connect with younger voters, Flowers said: "I think he probably sees a little bit of that in me. It's understandable. But we've [as a band] always been neutral, so we just kinda stay out of it. None of us is planning any rallies for anybody."

Flowers said that he didn’t advise Romney directly. "I didn't say anything. We didn't talk too much about that. My biggest issue is, I wish we took better care of our [war] veterans. I don't understand why we don't."

31-year-old Flowers is a Mormon and has been married to wife Tana for seven years and they have three children. Asked would America benefit from a Mormon president, he said: "Um. It wouldn't hurt . . . It wouldn't hurt any more than anybody else."

Flowers also said in the interview that the jacket he wore around the time of the band’s second album inspired the fashion sense of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The jacket, which featured feathery epaulettes, was designed by British designer Fee Doran and according to Flowers, she had a call from Gaddafi's people asking her to make a similar outfit for the late dictator.

Flowers also talked about an operation he underwent six weeks ago for a shoulder condition he has called a curved acromion. "It's pinched a nerve, and so they go in and they saw it straight – the doctor went in three different places, with a little camera and everything . . . And it's supposed to be cool. Anyway, It's worse now than it was before. I can't lift weights, and picking up the kids is hard. Fist-pumping is hard!"

The recent Electric Picnic headliners release their fourth album Battle Born this Friday and Flowers describes it as a call to arms. "We have a lot of references like that [on the album]. It's like a positive kick in the ass. It's a wake-up call of sorts.

“Whenever I was struggling for anything lyrically, it helped just to go to that phrase. And it can apply to so much more than combat, and it's definitely the thread through this whole record. But there's always this other side to me. It's not just the struggle. It's the 'what-are-we-gonna-do-to-fix-it? And to break through?'"