No-frills, high-octane pop punk has been raising its head in the last couple of hears, spearheaded by the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket, The Hextalls, and of course, the band in question, The Dopamines. There's no bullshit to be found on "Expect The Worst", just consistent energy levels and pace, melodic guitars, sing-alongable chorus, and lots and lots of fun, as evident in lyrics like "Everybody’s got a masters degree / in telecommunicationary tactic / with a minor in therapy / a mix when injected produces an asshole". Whoa-whoas are all over the place, and in general "Expect The Worst" is a candidate for the ultimate feel-good record of 2010. It's one of those records where the word commercialism feels completely alien, as opposed to words like passionate, genuine, unserious, and honest, which are all needed in connection with anything The Dopamines. The band's own description of themselves says a lot: "We're a punk band from Cincinnati, Ohio. We don't have cool hair cuts."