As a kid, Matt Horvath spent hours exploring the world of music with his grandparents’ record player. When he and wife Laura saw stores declining around them, they decided to open Clarity Records in 2010. It quickly established itself as a local music hub.
The Horvaths focus on providing shelf space to independent bands and never knock back local music. If someone asks to be stocked, they'll give them a shot, no matter the sound or previous exposure.
Around 5,000 new and second-hand records are categorised by genres such as punk, classic rock, hardcore and metal. Popular labels include Run For Cover Records and Poison City Records. The shop also stocks band tees, zines, cassettes and badges.
Thankfully, there’s a listening station to help you navigate the possibilities. Before you listen to anything, though, it’s worth chatting to the staff. It offers the personable, expert knowledge that comes with being truly passionate about music.
The Horvaths are so far down that road that their daughter was just 10 months old when she first started bouncing up and down and grinning every time they put a record on.