Benton & The Bentonites were from Oley Pennsylvania (a suburb of Reading Pennsylvania) and existed from 1983 until the mid-1990s. They released one cassette, two LPs and one CD. The core of the band was Ben Levengood on guitar and vocals and Dave Christman on bass. The drummer from 1983 to 1986 was D.C. Hoffman and thereafter Kevin Ohlinger. Throughout the 1990s the band were augmented by other musicians and instruments. D.C. Hoffman left at the end of 1986 to play drums in the Lehigh Valley PA hardcore band Follow Fashion Monkeys who recorded their second album at Inner Ear Studios with Don Zientara and Ian McKaye. Kevin Ohlinger previously played in Reading Pennsylvania's first hardcore band Suburban Aggression from 1982 until 1984 when they morphed into the band Anthrophobia.