The gutsy strums of Anton Cleary's jet black electric guitar sounded throughout Warrnambool's Prehistoric Sounds while keen music lovers thumbed through plastic sheathed vinyls.
It was a sight that record store owner Shane Godfrey welcomed after months of uncertainty during lockdown.
To celebrate the easing of restrictions in regional Victoria and Record Store Day, he opened his doors with a live set from Cleary on Saturday.
"Record Day was postponed from April to June, then postponed again, so America decided to split into three days in August, September and October," Mr Godfrey said.
"Restrictions have meant I've had to operate under reduced hours, I moved a lot online as well which was helpful.
"At first it was tough but online sales went well all over the country. Usually I sell all over the world but the pandemic put a stop to that.
"New stock at first was rough, key releases were getting hard to get but that's all settled down now, a lot of new releases have been delayed.
"While we had a partial lockdown we had great local support."
Warrnambool artist Anton Cleary can usually be seen playing on street corners around town.
The professional busker said not being able to gig has been tough, but being cooped in his home studio has allowed him to churn out two new records.
His fifth, titled 'Stomp!' has just been released and his sixth is due out in December this year.
"This year was going to be the year I travelled around the country playing gigs," he said.
" I feel great freedom since I've started playing again, I was getting sick of sitting around the home studio, I love to get out on the street and busk. Hopefully things will continue to go back to normal."
"A lot of musicians around Warrnambool are doing it really tough, I consider myself a professional busker but I'm lucky that it's not the sole income I rely on."
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