The Retreat
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The Retreat


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"J.R. Rund and the Hold Up/Breaking Twilight"

Opening for the group were several local acts including Breaking Twilight, which drew close dispersed onlookers in the dimly lit room. Lead singer Matt Talley’s softening vocals held the foreground, while the rest of the band carried the melodies - and the crowd - to emotional corners with “World Falls Down.”

The band switched paces between upbeat rock songs and harmoniously laced tracks like “Be With You.” At times, such as the impending buildup on “Sara’s Dilemna,” Talley’s vocals fell short of reach, drowning underneath the rising waves of instruments. On the other hand, Rich Gunderlock provided a memorable performance, playing the keys and sax in improvisational fashion during many parts of the set. - Southeast Performer Magazine

"500 Songs For Kids Night 6"

Out of 50 bands, Breaking Twilight was one of the few mentioned:

"If May 5 at Smith’s Olde Bar was any indication, the proper way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is by rocking out to American pop music classics and drinking PBR tall boys until you feel just sexy enough to dance. The 500 Songs for Kids charity event surpassed the halfway point last night and did so in great style. The music kicked off with Nobody’s Darling offering a version of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” that could have easily passed for a tune by The Decembrists. Breaking Twilight transformed “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield into a heartfelt, acoustic slow-jam. All the geeks and nerds (we're including ourselves) were pumped to hear Jungol shred through the prog-rock staple “Spirit of Radio” by Rush.

While the political cries of Rage Against the Machine’s “Bulls on Parade” were likely missed, the audience still fed off the energy put forth by The 54’s powerful cover. Gavin DeGraw eventually took the stage to much fanfare with his stripped-down rendition of Guns N’ Roses “I Used to Love Her.” As DeGraw pointed out, this morbid little song wasn’t intended for the kids, but the intent was still the same."

- Metromix Atlanta


Beginnings EP (2007)
The Retreat (2009)



The Retreat (formerly know as Breaking Twilight) is comprised of 5 seasoned musicians from the metro Atlanta area... with many years of experience playing in other bands of various styles. These influences come together to form a style of rock that is fresh and diverse, yet immediately accessible and radio-friendly. Their well-arranged songs feature a tight rhythm section, 3-part vocal harmonies, intertwining keyboard and guitar parts, and emotionally stirring lyrics. Anyone that gets to catch The Retreat live will be clear that this is a band that is going places....

The Retreat has played in these notable Atlanta area venues:
- Hard Rock Cafe
- Smith's Olde Bar
- The Masquerade
- Vinyl
- The Ten High Club
- Eddie's Attic
- Red Light cafe
- Under the Couch at GA Tech
- The 3 Bears
- The Scene

The Retreat regularly plays full-band shows in clubs and venues as well as acoustic shows in coffeehouses, etc. The Beginnings EP showcases the band's acoustic work.

The band's self-titled record will be released later this summer. Recorded in Nashville and Atlanta with producer Mike O'Brien, this recording showcases the talent and artistry of The Retreat.