There's a not-so-great quality recording (audio, no video) of A Ballad for the Bleeding Hearts on Youtube. It's apparently from a mid-2005 gig at the Spectrum, Sydney.
It says "Howling Bells played three shows there in three weeks, and If not the very first, they were certainly within their first five or ten performances as a band." I only ever found two gigs at the Spectrum, on July 1st, 2005 and September 21st, 2005. Looks as though I missed one.
Even though the quality isn't great, if the claim is true it's at least of historical interest. There's a photo of three setlists, one of which cites a song called "I'll Wait". Maybe this is A Ballad for the Bleeding Hearts before it got a proper name.
These are non-lossy master copies, exception being last track zip 2 which is first generation(attempted better quality by taper). Sound not desireable but not unlistenable. No clipping, balance, all instruments audible - *mass bass filter, vocals discernible. Normal speed capture. Lineage unknown by taper. No effect application. Recording location: 5-15 feet stage center.
This is excellent stuff. Many thanks Mattchew for your efforts in tracking these down, and also of course to the originator. These are the earliest Howling Bells recordings I've ever heard.
The song listed as "I'll Wait" is indeed "A Ballad For The Bleeding Hearts" and they also play "In The Woods", which I can't remember ever hearing live before, certainly never when I've seen them.
You've also solved something that has bugged me for a long time. When I was researching the gig history I read somewhere that they did a month-long stint at the Spectrum but I could never find any evidence of the dates. Now we know the dates were September 14, 21 and 28, 1995.