New distribution networks emerged, touring routes were codified, and regional and independent acts accessed the national stage. As fans threatened to storm the emo bandwagon, the groups couldn't jump off of it fast enough. Jimmy Eat World's album, Clarity , was a touchstone for later emo bands. As the '90s wore to a close, the music that was being labeled emo was making a connection with a larger and larger group of people. As with any phenomenon—exactly like what happened with Sunny Day [Real Estate]—when business enters into a high-stakes, highly personal sphere, things tend to go awry very quickly Although mids emo had thousands of young fans, it did not enter the national consciousness. Saves the Day was called an "emo flagship band" by the Los Angeles Times. The imagery, the power of the music, the way people responded to it, and the way the bands burned out instead of fading away—all have their origins in those first few performances by Rites of Spring. Underground popularity Main article: Post-hardcore, an experimental offshoot of hardcore punk, was inspired by post-punk. In some ways, one could find trace elements of [the album] in early emo albums of the s. Mids emo was embodied by Mineral, whose The Power of Failing and EndSerenading encapsulated emo tropes: Emo was an outgrowth of the earlys hardcore punk  scene in Washington, D.