Ryan Stanek, co-founder of Chicago-based metal band Broken Hope was formed by singer Joe Ptacek, guitarist Jeremy Wagner and drummer Ryan Stanek following the dissolution of their previous band, Crypt; adding lead guitarist Brian Griffin and bassist Ed Hughes, the group's early demos soon earned a contract with Grindcore Records, and in 1991 they issued their debut LP Swamped in Gore. Jumping to Metal Blade, Broken Hope resurfaced in 1993 with Bowels of Repugnance and a new revised Logo created by Ryan; replacing Hughes with ex-Sindrome bassist Shaun Glass, the band next issued 1995's Repulsive Conception, followed two years later by Loathing. Both Stanek and Glass exited prior to recording 1999's Grotesque Blessings.
After exiting the band Ryan continued his guitar work already established in Broken Hope in writing acoustic melodies such as “Peeled (Acoustic Outro)” , “Drinking the Ichor”, and “Imprimis Obscurity”. With the birth of his son Colton in 2002, Ryan focused on family, still continued picking, and studying outlaw country legions such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and many more. After his hiatus Ryan started playing out at local taverns in 2009 donating performance proceeds to members of the 32nd infantry brigade serving overseas as a solo acoustic act AKA HAWSE. Ryan, now focusing on songwriting and vocals, playing covers from his outlaw hero’s, and mixing in his own original sound and songs into the sets; lead to the demand from family, friends, and fans to record the LP, and “KEYTHIRTEEN” was born. He continued to write throughout the recording and producing of the album and has more material that will be released in the near future.
Exciting new news; He has also joined forces with some longtime fellow BMI writers who have agreed to back him on stage, formal titles will be announced at a later date.