In early 2021, Gerry Stanek began to write the songs that make up Heart in Peril: rock and roll with smart lyrics and what can only be called kinetic energy, the same type of energy that lives in the music he studies obsessively—Rockpile, Elvis Costello, JD McPherson, Creedence Clearwater Revival—records with a clearly defined attitude. As a fan and obsessive listener, Gerry Stanek craved music that lived in that same neighborhood. He says, “The only answer, at least for me, was to make my own songs, to see if I could capture that thing I love so much.”
In 2022 those songs earned radio airplay all over Europe and on college stations in the US. "Heart in Peril" debuted on SiriusXM's Underground Garage that September. Stanek might be defined as prolific. He released an EP called Grease and Dust and Blood just a week after "Heart in Peril" hit satellite radio. Gerry Stanek's music is streaming everywhere.