In the winter of 2012, singer/songwriter Gabriel DeSantis holed up in an old, vacant church in rural Burlington with a guitar and some recording gear. After two weeks, and with the instrumental help of some friends, Whitebrow's self-titled LP was complete.

Whitebrow quickly garnered critical acclaim and encouraged the newly formed band to tour the country, sharing the stage with The Wilderness of Manitoba and Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, and showcasing at NXNE, Canadian Music Week and the PanAm Games.

For the follow-up to Whitebrow, DeSantis and the band (Rosalyn Dennett, Frank Evans and Sam Petite) moved out of the church and into the barn-studio of Grammy-nominated producer, Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, The New Pornographers) in Mono, Ontario. After a week of writing and recording, they came away with the 11-track Mono Vodou. The record was co-produced by DeSantis and Neudorf and mastered by Peter J. Moore (Bob Dylan, The Cowboy Junkies).

In June 2016, DeSantis moved onto a Narrowboat in the canals of London, UK to play around Europe and write material for the next Whitebrow album.