It's a shame and a sin. The Chinchillas is a splendid alt-country/roots-rock/Americana gem of a band that should be on the lips and iPod of every red-blooded fan of heartfelt lyricism and lonesome twang. Instead this fantastic foursome wallows beneath gray skies in relative northeastern obscurity. The band has just released "Something Beautiful," an eight-song pleasure platter on Jargon Records that really is something beautiful. It rocks throughout with heavy doses of Peter Anvelt's cynicism and the casually dismissive attitude of a band that's kicked around long enough to suffer from acute don't-give-a-fuck-itis. Seemingly content where it is, this band could be — should be — and in some ways is huge. Go see what I mean, or at least buy the damn record.
The Chinchillas perform Saturday, November 24, at 8:30 p.m. at Abilene Bar and Lounge, 153 Liberty Pole Way. $5-$7. abilenebarandlounge.com.