|Years active 2009–present|
Associated acts Derek Forbes, Brian McGee
|Members Owen Paul, Brian McGee|
Past members Derek Forbes George Porter Eddie Beggan
Origin Glasgow, United Kingdom (2009)
Genres Rock music, New wave, Post-punk
Similar Derek Forbes, Mick MacNeil, Johnny And The Selfabusers, Charlie Burchill, Simple Minds
Ex-Simple Minds (or XSM) are a Scottish new wave/rock band, formed in 2009 by Derek Forbes and Brian McGee, both former members of the new wave bands Simple Minds and Propaganda. The band's original lead singer was McGee's younger brother, Owen Paul, but due to other commitments, Paul left the band and was replaced by singer George Porter in 2011. When Porter left the band, Paul briefly returned then was replaced by Eddie Beggan in June 2012. Derek Forbes left XSM to join the Big Country franchise in 2012 and performed his last gig in Spain in 2013. XSM reappeared in May 2013 with a new bass player and Owen Paul back on vocals. Other members include Andy Gall on keyboards, and Anthony William on guitar.
After a highly successful career as two of the original members of Scottish band Simple Minds, ex-members Derek Forbes and Brian McGee formed the partnership they shared in the 1980s, this time under the name XSM (Ex-Simple Minds). Throughout 2010 till present, the band have performed shows across the UK and in Europe, performing the classic hit songs of Simple Minds, as well as live covers. In September 2011, a concert was held in Manila, Philippines together with English new wave band China Crisis.