Cry Baby, next to the Queen Vic Market, was once home to a wig shop. Now it’s blossomed into a community-minded record store.
Owners Brad Sawyer and Sean McGuiness like how small their shop is. The intimate space forces them to prioritise quality over quantity. They don’t stock a lot of records, just the ones they think people need to hear.
There’s a range of genres, from ambient and post-punk to house and techno, but the main focus is club music. You can preview before you buy using the store’s listening stations, equipped with Technics 1210s turntables, AIAIAI TMA-2 headphones and pre-amps made in Adelaide.
After running a weekly club night in Adelaide, Sawyer made the move to Melbourne in 2015, where he reconnected with his long-lost friend McGuiness to found Cry Baby Records.
Later the shop got new suspended speakers and a booming sub, allowing it to host gigs. Canada’s Hashman Deejay, Palms Trax and local jocks Butters and Sleep D have all headlined wall-to-wall parties in the store.
The shop is a throwback to the ’90s, with MTV music videos of ’92-’95 projected on repeat. True crate diggers will love discovering new records, as there are no price tags or genre labels. If you dig, you will find and be rewarded.
Cry Baby is due to close in February 2017 to make way for a new development.