I've just had a proper look at these photos (only a quick glance before). Black and white photographs always seem to bring out the band perfectly.
On another subject (slightly). A group called The Temper Trap supported Howling Bells on some of these May 2007 Australian dates (don't know it they supported at Ruby's Lounge though). The Temper Trap followed Howling Bells' lead in 2009 by leaving Australia and moving to Britain. Here they made an instant impact, playing high on the bill at various festivals and having a biggish hit with Sweet Disposition, which was also featured on a TV ad.
Contrast this with Howling Bells' five-year graft. Guess The Temper Trap were just lucky!