Full Stack

Full Stack


Like the name suggests, Full Stack doesn't play half-hearted music. They play full-on, riff-infested, straight up original guitar rock with stellar vocal harmonies, ripping guitar solos, unforgettable melodies and thunderous rhythms.


A lesson in history………

It all started a little over three and half years ago, when three friends who were all musicians went golfing. By the end of the round the idea was firmly in place that we wanted to put a band together. John Funk, Bill Hipps, and Scott Savage had all at one time or another been in a band with each other. Bill and Scott were the obvious rhythm section to build a rock band around, and John had played guitar with some of the best guitar players in town.

As far as who would sing lead, we had all had our fill of dealing with pain in the A$$ vocalist, too drunk, lazy or stupid to rely on. John Funk was a long time song-writer but more of an acoustic based style of singing. Conversation was that we would try some of John’s songs electrified, with a full blown PA system and see if everyone liked what they heard. Ironically, Bill called his life long friend and current Full Stack guitar player Brandt Williams to ask if we could use his bands rehearsal space to give it a try.

The first rehearsal was a little on the rough side, but the magic was strong enough for the three musicians to commit to going in on a rehearsal space of their own. Over the next year they forged the bases for what is known today as Full Stack. At that time the band was more of a blend of AC/DC with a dash of pop. After they crowned their one year anniversary it was decided that drummer Scott Savage would be moving on due to previous commitments he had with another local band, Crashmatic. Once again Ironic, Brandt Williams had joined the band just prior to Scott’s exit.

The decision was made to go toward a bigger band sound. One with giant guitars and a massive three part vocal harmony, shoes that Brandt Williams was born to fill. To Brandt’s many credits; including guitar playing and backing vocals that both come from the heart. Brandt also took on a band that had no drummer, so the three remaining band mates started running advertisement for a new drummer. The first crack at finalizing the band turned up a drummer that would hold the spot for the next 9 months was Mike Bourgeois. Mike ended up leaving the band for personal reasons.

Full Stack’s next crack at finding their drummer yielded a rock power-house by the name of Greg Brown. Who helped the band greatly in carving out their heavy sound over the next 9 months. Ultimately being the 1st incarnation of Full Stack to hit the stage and establish them selves as a hard edged rock band on the local scene. Greg ended up leaving the band due to his deep commitment to his wonderful wife and family. This mishap was starting to weigh heavily on the band members who were starting to feel as if they were cursed.

Bill Hipps, undoubtedly the most focused and resourceful band member had one last poker hand left to play. Luckily for the band, Bill was holding four aces. He placed an add on local Rock Station 93x web site, like a flair in the night Paul Rogne answered the call. And so once again the band was able to beat the odds and move forward better than ever. Paul Rogne proved to be the shot of adrenaline needed to propel Full Stack forward, once again escaping the inevitable death that finds most bands half their age. Some how the band had found another giant rock drummer and is now able to forge yet another chapter in their journal. Now bigger than ever, with screaming vocals, giant guitars, and a thunderous rhythm section, the future looks better than ever.


- Full Stack / Demo 2003
- Safe
- Venus
-Venus / Released 11/25/2006 locally and 12/15/2006 nationally
-Echoes Stir
-Along The Way

“If you feel like you need it…”

Full Stack proudly presents their first full-length CD, Venus, a 10-song celebration of women, living on the edge (and living to talk about it later) and real rock (rawk) music.

“…give in to Venus.”

Full Stack -- John Funk (lead vocals/guitar), Billy Hipps (bass/backing vocals), Brandt Williams (guitar/backing vocals) and Paul ‘the Rog’ Rogne (drums) – is based in Minneapolis and writes original music full of hard rock elements that don’t go out of style: big drums, driving bass lines, gritty guitar riffs, searing solos and vocals and three-part harmonies that can be understood and are easy to sing along with.

As the title suggests (Venus, the Roman goddess of love), women, sex, love, desire and some of the unfortunate side-effects – pain, anger and depression – are themes throughout.

Venus starts off with “Run With Me,” a thunderous opening track that cautions a young woman about the perils of a life of stripping and partying: “Shake and bake can break you down baby/faster than a gun,” sings vocalist/lyricist John Funk.

“Breathe” is perhaps the most somber and most powerful song, as its title is Funk’s exhortation to his hospital-bound mother while she struggled with a life-threatening illness.

The riffs keep coming in “Echoes Stir,” and the title track, “Venus” which features the band’s unique three-part vocal prowess and the tag-team solo guitars of John Funk and Brandt Williams.

Full Stack’s sledgehammer rhythm section of bassist Billy Hipps and drummer Paul “the Rog” Rogne shines in “Along the Way” and Rogne’s abuse of his Ludwig kit is featured in “Strip it Away.”

And fans of heavy rock riffs – a la Judas Priest and Alice and Chains will dig songs like “Evil,” “As Good as it Gets” and “On the Rise.”

Venus leaves the listener with the stripped down, bluesy acoustic guitars of “Heavy Wings,” a tune John Funk wrote about surviving the “rock and roll lifestyle.”

Full Stack recorded Venus between May and October, 2006 at Winterland studios under the wise ears of Todd Fitzgerald and Brian Johnson.

The disc is available locally at Cheapo and Down In The Valley and nationwide through CD Baby and iTunes.

Set List

60 minute original sets live